Specs of the upcoming Intel Atom Medfield chips revealed
The world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor chips, Intel, will soon launch its latest Atom SoCs based on the Medfield platform. The maker has been relatively quiet about Medfield and the important details are yet to be disclosed; however various reports have already pointed out that the Moorestown platform successor designed for tablets and smartphones is indeed Intel’s first true SoC (System on a Chip).
According to VR-Zone, the 32nm Medfield chips were tested using an Android 3.x Honeycomb tablet and scored 10,500 in Coffeinemark 3, whereas the NVIDIA Tegra 2, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 and Samsung Exynos scores range from 7,500 to 8,500. Furthermore, the Medfield Atom SoCs reportedly feature an x86 processing core clocked at 1.6GHz, a WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Radio module and 1GB of LP-DDR2 memory. In addition, they will presumably offer support for micro-SD/eMMC cards and 10.1-inch screens with a native resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels.
Currently, the prototype units utilize approximately 2.6W of power while idle, although the manufacturer will supposedly try to reduce that figure to 2W. Moreover, the actual power consumption goes up to 3.6W if you watch HD Flash videos or play games. Nevertheless, we shall wait and see what the Medfield platform really has to offer when Intel decides to release official details.
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