Intel is preparing to launch its first Atom chips aimed at smartphones and tablets. The new processors are based on the Medfield platform, and while Intel has been teasing the low-power system-on-a-chip platform for years, the company has been pretty quiet about hte actual specifications.
Now the folks at VR Zone have published some of the first specs and benchmark test results.
A reference tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and a Medfield chip reportedly has a 1.6 GHz x86 processor and 1GB of RAM. The tablet is currently running Android 3.x Honeycomb, but it’s designed to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well.
According to VR Zone, the tablet scored higher than an NVIDIA Tegra 2, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 or Samsung Exynos processor in the Caffeinemark 3 benchmark.
The processor uses about 2.6W of power while idle, although the plan is to reduce that to 2W. It uses more power while watching video or performing other actions. That’s not bad for an x86 chip, but I haven’t seen any details yet about what this means for Medfield tablet battery life.