Intel Apps Processor Outperforms NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Samsung, According to ABI Research

  Intel Apps Processor Outperforms NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Samsung, According to ABI

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AUSTIN, Texas -- June 7, 2013

ABI Research reports that Intel’s latest application processor, Z2580, sets
the bar for performance and current drain in smartphones. It outperformed the
competition in ABI Research’s benchmark testing of the Lenovo K900 smartphone,
powered by Intel’s XMM6360 modem chipset andZ2580 application processor. Jim
Mielke, VP of engineering at ABI research, notes: “The benchmarks were
impressive but the real surprise was the current consumption recorded during
the benchmarks; the new processor not only outperformed the competition in
performance but it did so with up to half the current drain.”

Table 1, below, shows a sampling of handsets/tablets that have been introduced
lately with new chipsets from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Intel. Some
notable findings include:

  *For the CPU test, three phones scored in the 5000 range for performance,
    but of the three, Intel stood out with only 0.85A of average current vs.
    1.38A for the Samsung Exynos Octa, and 1.79A for the Qualcomm APQ8064T.
  *Similar trends are seen for each test. If one of the chips did have lower
    current, the performance was significantly lower or if the performance was
    better, the current was higher.
  *The only test where a competitor matched the performance of the Intel
    Z2580 was for 1080p video record.

       *The Samsung Galaxy S4 i377 had lower current drain but this was not
         due to the Qualcomm APQ8064T. Instead it was because of a separate
         image processor from Fujitsu.
       *The Samsung Exynos Octa performed well without a separate image
         processor in both the 1080p and 3D graphics tests; outscoring all but
         with proportionally higher current compared to the Z2580 from Intel.

  *Other key components found in the Lenovo K900 include: Broadcom BCM4330
    combo IC, CSR GPS, STM sensors, and Wolfson WM5102E Audio hub/codec/DSP
    (also found in the Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500).

Mielke went on to add: “Intel did significant work to bring the current drain
down on their well-recognized high-performance processors but the competitors
did not help themselves. The ARM architecture used by nearly all of Intel’s
competitors is well known for its low power performance but in bringing the
processing power up closer to PC levels, the current drain has taken a
significant hit.” Since high-end smartphones require this level of
performance, Intel is well positioned for strong growth over the next few
years. Mielke continues, “Combining the high-end modems (the XMM6360 is used
in both the Lenovo K900 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500) withtheir
application processors for high- to mid-tier solutions, and single-chip EDGE
chips for low-cost phones makes Intel a rare full portfolio provider.”

The Lenovo K900 (
phone with the Intel chipset is just one of the Teardowns ABI Research has in
its Teardown Service. The complete teardown includes dismantling photos, HD
board photos, part list, major component teardowns, die photos, X-rays, a
complete set of power measurements, and a block diagram.

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