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Intel Atom Z2480

Intel Z2480

The Intel Atom Z2480 is a SoC (System on a Chip) with the Codename Penwell and part of the Medfield platform. The Z2480 is a one chip SoC and integrates a single core Atom processor (Saltwell) clocked at up to 2.0 GHz. Due to Hyper-Threading two threads can be executed on the single core (for improved efficiency).

The Saltwell CPU core is still very similar to the first Intel Atom. Therefore, the performance per clock should be very similar (only very small enhancements). However, the CPU now features additional 256 KB low-power-cache (on a separate voltage plane) to allow the CPU and L2 cache to enter a lower power state. Furthermore, the Atom now supports some sort of Turbo Boost and can reach up to 2.0 GHz shortly (1.3 GHz base frequency). Furthermore, the CPU core can be downclocked to 100 MHz (in 100 MHz steps) to save power.

The processor performance should be on a level with a previous generation Atom processor clocked at 2.0 GHz (e.g., the Z550). Due to the X86 architecture, native ARM code on Android has to be translated on the fly and therefore the performance may degrade on certain applications.

The integrated graphics card is based on a PowerVR SGX 540 design and clocked at 400 MHz. The video decoder (MPEG4.2, H.264, VC1, WMV) and encoder (MPEG4.2, H.264) also stem from Imagination Technologies (VDX385 and VDE285) and should allow 1080p30 de- and encoding of videos.

Furthermore, a dual channel LPDDR2 memory controller (2x 32 Bit) for a maximum of 1GB RAM is integrated.

The whole SoC was optimized for power efficiency and low power consumption. It is produced with a 32nm LP (low power) process.

SeriesIntel Atom
CodenamePenwell
Clock Rate2000 MHz
Level 1 Cache56 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Number of Cores / Threads1 / 2
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
FeaturesSSE3, Execute Disable Bit, PowerVR SGX 540, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR2-800
GPUPowerVR SGX540 (400 - MHz)
64 Bitno 64 Bit support
Announcement Date01/13/2012

CPU Benchmarks

Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Stream
0% 100%
min: 972     avg: 972 (9.66%)     max: 972 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Memory
0% 100%
min: 1074     avg: 1074 (8.98%)     max: 1074 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 1160     avg: 1160 (6.71%)     max: 1160 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Integer
0% 100%
min: 793     avg: 793 (4.66%)     max: 793 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 995     avg: 995 (6.41%)     max: 995 Points
Sunspider: 0.9.1 Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1072.4     avg: 1072.4 (90.67%)     max: 1072.4 ms*
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0:
0% 100%
min: 4062     avg: 4062 (16.89%)     max: 4062 points
Linpack Android / IOS: Multi Thread
0% 100%
min: 102.346     avg: 102.3 (3.97%)     max: 102.346 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS: Single Thread
0% 100%
min: 94.513     avg: 94.5 (8.59%)     max: 94.513 MFLOPS
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Linpack Android / IOS in comparison
Snapdragon S1 MSM7227 (min)
7.4 
...
Mediatek MT8312
85.9 
Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad
87 
Apple A5x
87.8 
Intel Atom Z2480
94.5 
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A
96.2 
Mediatek MT6582
96.3 
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
103.1 
...
Apple A8X (max)
1021.1 

Reviews for the Intel Atom Z2480 processor

Motorola RAZR i (PowerVR SGX540, 4.3")
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Other CPUs of the series Intel Atom

» Intel Atom Z3795
   1.59 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3785
   1.49 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3775
   1.46 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3775D
   1.49 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3770
   1.46 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3770D
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom E3845
   1.91 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3580
   2.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3736F
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3736G
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3745
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3745D
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3740
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3740D
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3735D
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3735E
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3735F
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3735G
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3680
   1.33 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z3680D
   1.33 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z3560
   1.83 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom Z3480
   2.13 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z3530
   1.33 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Atom D2700
   2.13 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom E3827
   1.75 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom N2850
   2 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z3460
   1.6 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom D2560
   2 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom D2550
   1.87 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom N2800
   1.86 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom E3826
   1.46 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z2760
   1.8 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom D525
   1.8 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom N2650
   1.73 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom E3825
   1.33 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom E3805
   1.33 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom N570
   1.66 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom N2600
   1.6 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom 330
   1.6 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom N550
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom D2500
   1.87 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z2580
   1.3 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z2560
   0.93 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z560
   2.13 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z550
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z2480
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom E3815
   1.46 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N475
   1.86 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N470
   1.86 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z540
   1.83 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N455
   1.66 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N450
   1.66 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N280
   1.66 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom 230
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z530
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N270
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z670
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z2460
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N435
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom N435
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z520
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z2420
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z510
   1.1 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z2000
   1 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Intel Atom Z500
   0.8 GHz / 0.5 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
- Marvell Technology Group PXA1088
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Atom Z2480
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB
+ Intel Atom E3815
   1.46 GHz / 512 KB
+ Intel Atom N475
   1.86 GHz / 512 KB
+ Intel Atom N470
   1.86 GHz / 512 KB
+ Intel Atom Z540
   1.83 GHz / 512 KB
+ Motorola PowerPC G4 G4 1.3
   1.33 GHz / 512 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-05- 4)