Cortex A8 vs. Intel Atom: Architecture/Benchmark comparisons

November 04, 2012

Bernard Cole-November 04, 2012

In “ARM Cortex-A8 vs. Intel Atom: Architectural and Benchmark Comparisons,” Katie Roberts-Hoffman and Pawankumar Hegde at the University of Texas at Dallas look at the performance and power requirements of mobile internet devices.

They compared a Texas Instruments OMAP3530-based Cortex-A8 used in a variety of smartphone and wireless tabled designs to Intel’s X86-based Atom N330 for clock rates, power, price, and die size. Their results: the Atom has better raw performance while the Cortex-A8 has significantly greater power efficiency.

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