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Intel Atom Z3480

Intel Z3480

The Intel Atom Z3480 is a power efficient dual-core SoC for (mainly) Android tablets and smartphones. It is clocked at up to 2.13 GHz (Burst) and part of the Merrifield platform. Thanks to the specially optimized 22 nanometer low-power process (P1271) with tri-gate transistors, performance and energy efficiency have been significantly improved compared to its predecessor. Besides the CPU cores, the SoC integrates a PowerVR G6400 GPU as well as a Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1066 memory controller (max. 4 GB, 8.5 GB/s).

Architecture

The processor cores are based on the new Silvermont architecture, which is an out-of-order design for the first time. The increased utilization of the pipeline and many other improvements (optimized branch prediction, increased buffers, enhanced decoders) have increased the performance per clock by about 50 percent. At the same time, however, the Hyper-Threading feature of the previous Intel Atom generation has been removed. Other major changes are the support for new instruction set extensions such as SSE 4.1 and 4.2 as well as AES-NI (depending on the model).

Performance

Compared to other smartphone and tablet SoCs, the Z3480 offers a relatively high performance per clock. In some cases, the chip even beats high-end SoCs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. However, the Z3480 has only 2 CPU cores, so the (less important) multithreading performance is quite a bit lower. 

Graphics

The integrated GPU has not been developed by Intel itself, but licensed from Imagination Technologies. The PowerVR G6400 is very similar to the G6430 in Apple's A7, but clocked somewhat higher at 457 - 533 MHz. Compared to other mobile graphics solutions, the G6400 performs similar to or better than the Snapdragon 800/Adreno 330 or the ARM Mali-T628 MP6. Therefore, even the most demanding Android games of 2014 will run fluently in high resolutions.

Power Consumption

According to its performance and specifications, the chip should have a medium-high power consumption. Intel claims, the SoC is suitable for tablets as well as smartphones.

SeriesIntel Atom
CodenameMerrifield
Series: Atom Merrifield
» Intel Atom Z34802133 MHz2 / 2
Intel Atom Z3460 compare1600 MHz2 / 2
Clock Rate2133 MHz
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 2
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature90 °C
FeaturesPowerVR G6400 GPU (457 - 533 MHz), 2x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1066 (max. 4 GB), Wireless Display
GPUPowerVR G6400 (457 - 533 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date02/24/2014
Product Link (external)Intel Atom Z3480

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Other CPUs of the series Atom

» Intel Atom Z3795
   4x 1.59 GHz - 2.39 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3785
   4x 1.49 GHz - 2.41 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3775
   4x 1.46 GHz - 2.39 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3775D
   4x 1.49 GHz - 2.41 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3770
   4x 1.46 GHz - 2.4 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3770D
   4x 1.5 GHz - 2.41 GHz
» Intel Atom x7-E3950
   4x 1.6 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Atom E3845
   4x 1.91 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3580
   4x 2.33 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3736F
   4x 1.33 GHz - 2.16 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3736G
   4x 1.33 GHz - 2.16 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3745
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.86 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3745D
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3740
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.86 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3740D
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3735D
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3735E
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3735F
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3735G
   4x 1.33 GHz - 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3680
   2x 1.33 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3680D
   2x 1.33 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3570
   4x 2 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3560
   4x 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3480
   2x 2.13 GHz
» Intel Atom x3-C3440
   4x 1.2 GHz - 1.4 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3530
   4x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Atom D2700
   2x 2.13 GHz
» Intel Atom x3-C3230RK
   4x 1.1 GHz
» Intel Atom E3827
   2x 1.75 GHz
» Intel Atom N2850
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3460
   2x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom D2560
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Atom D2550
   2x 1.87 GHz
» Intel Atom N2800
   2x 1.86 GHz
» Intel Atom E3826
   2x 1.46 GHz
» Intel Atom Z2760
   2x 1.8 GHz
» Intel Atom D525
   2x 1.8 GHz
» Intel Atom N2650
   2x 1.73 GHz
» Intel Atom E3825
   2x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Atom E3805
   2x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Atom N570
   2x 1.66 GHz
» Intel Atom N2600
   2x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom 330
   2x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom N550
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Atom D2500
   2x 1.87 GHz
» Intel Atom Z2580
   2x 1.3 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Atom Z2560
   2x 0.93 GHz - 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom Z560
   1x 2.13 GHz
» Intel Atom Z550
   1x 2 GHz
» Intel Atom x3-C3130
   2x 1 GHz
» Intel Atom Z2480
   1x 2 GHz
» Intel Atom E3815
   1x 1.46 GHz
» Intel Atom N475
   1x 1.86 GHz
» Intel Atom N470
   1x 1.86 GHz
» Intel Atom Z540
   1x 1.83 GHz
» Intel Atom N455
   1x 1.66 GHz
» Intel Atom N450
   1x 1.66 GHz
» Intel Atom N280
   1x 1.66 GHz
» Intel Atom 230
   1x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom Z530
   1x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom N270
   1x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom Z670
   1x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Atom Z2460
   1x 1.3 GHz - 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom N435
   1x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Atom N435
   1x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Atom Z520
   1x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Atom Z2420
   1x 1.2 GHz
» Intel Atom Z510
   1x 1.1 GHz
» Intel Atom Z2000
   1x 1 GHz
» Intel Atom Z500
   1x 0.8 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Atom Z3570
   4x 2 GHz
+ MediaTek MT8168
   4x 2 GHz
+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
   8x 1.8 GHz
+ Intel Atom Z3560
   4x 1.83 GHz
+ Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa
   8x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Atom Z3480
   2x 2.13 GHz
- Intel Atom x3-C3440
   4x 1.2 GHz - 1.4 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa
   6x 1.7 GHz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 429
   4x 2 GHz
- Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
   4x 2 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-08- 9)