Intel Silvermont Atom CPU supposedly leaves Qualcomm 800 in its dust

Intel has always made very powerful processors but they never were very energy-efficient. As such, the giant CPU manufacturer has always had trouble when it comes to mobile CPUs, but according to a leaked slide this is about to change.

A leaked benchmark performance test screenshot seems to show that Intel’s newest Atom chip, Silvermont, is more efficient than any of its predecessors and it can easily outperform the latest Qualcomm 800 CPU based on the ARM architecture.

In AnTuTu, an Android benchmarking tool, the new CPU scored above 43,000 while Qualcomm’s quad-core 800 CPU only reaches between 25,000-30,000 points. Intel claims that their efficient dual-core can outperform a quad-core under smartphone power constraints.

Silvermont is a dual-core x86 CPU based on the 22nm manufacturing process which supposedly gives it 3x greater performance compared to previous Atom processors, while simultaneously considerably lowering power consumption.

The latest iterations of Intel’s chips have all been about efficiency and power management and if this benchmark advantage is translated into real world improvements then we might just see Intel starting to own the mobile computing field. Silvermont equipped devices should be hitting markets by the end of this year and you can be sure we'll put some through their paces and report the findings here.

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These are the kind of articles that real tech sites leave alone. This article is full of speculation and Intel's take on how their CPU is going to do, but little fact. First off, the title says Intel leaves ARM in the dust, which is yet another sensationalist headline by Neowin. The slide directly below, the one FROM Intel shows the performance being pretty much on par, just power usage being a little lower. And being that it's a marketing photo, there isn't even a scale anywhere on the chart. It's just some pretty lines that mean absolutely nothing.

Then we get to this Antutu score that's posted that says the Silvermont scored 43k while Snapdragon 800 chips score 25,000-30,000, and yet that's still a bit false being that most of the Antutu scores we've seen for the Snapdragon 800 are over 30,000. They aren't much more than 30,000, but above the upper end provided in the article, and these are devices that are basically ready to ship now or already starting to ship. Intel isn't going to ship Silvermont until next year.

I'm not saying the Silvermont chips won't be good mobile CPUs, but this article means absolutely nothing being comprised of "leaked" marketing slides, bending truths, and one benchmark comparing a current mobile CPU to one that will be out in a year.

Intel has always made very powerful processors but they never were very energy-efficient. As such, the giant CPU manufacturer has always had trouble when it comes to mobile CPUs, but according to a leaked slide this is about to change.
This is not true. The Pentium M (2003) was a very energy-efficient processor for its time, offering performance comparable to the Pentium 4 in a 5-27W power envelope. The Core architecture, derived from the Pentium M, was also quite power efficient for its time. It's only recently that ARM became a serious competitor in the mobile space.

DClark said,
Windows RT: mission accomplished.
It sure did seem like a dare didn't it? I'm wondering if they will just start selling Intel SOC "RT" tablets that are just software limited. That's really all RT is now it seems.

MrHumpty said,
It sure did seem like a dare didn't it? I'm wondering if they will just start selling Intel SOC "RT" tablets that are just software limited. That's really all RT is now it seems.

There's no reason to restrict desktop programs from running on an x86 processor. They could add a switch in the settings to block non-store apps if people wanted it for security or performance concerns (similar to what Android does for non-market apps). But it's also quite simple to unpin your desktop tile and never install a desktop program.

AJerman said,
So why exactly would x86 cause Windows Phone to take over the market?
Cause WP has the power to run Win32. It just isn't available at the moment.

Add in Microsoft's projection screens and a phone can become a laptop without any additional hardware. I cant wait for this day

the question is.... when will these processors be in retail handsets? Arm Cortex A57 cores are out next year using the arm v8 64bit instruction set, those are supposed to be better in terms of speed and power consumption. It would be worth waiting to see how they compare. Also qualcomm is likely creating their own core design using arm v8 instruction set, i'm sure those will be great too.

Next year we will have seriously fast phones that will hopefully mitigate android's lag.

yowanvista said,
Benchmarks don't translate into real life performance anyways.

arm cpus today keep adding cores,and benchmarks present speed increases,but these speed increases are multithreaded performance. And still to this day,most third party apps are single threaded. actual real world performances are not as great as they want you to believe.

it is obvious that intel will dominate the mobile field in the long run. this is becoming a more and more profitable area and there is no other company as intel when it comes to cpu development ressources.

The current Atom processors are ALMOST good enough to run Win8/Win8Pro smoothly under most circumstances...but they just lag a little here and there.

These little beasts are going to be AMAZING. A FULL x86 laptop in the form factor of an ARM tablet?! Damn this is going to be brilliant!

Not sure how much impact this will have, but Silvermont (I believe) is just a processor, whereas the Snapdragon 800 is a SoC. So while intel's chip may be faster, the power savings are likely overblown as by the time you add things like a modem into the mix, more power is needed.

Kushan said,
Not sure how much impact this will have, but Silvermont (I believe) is just a processor, whereas the Snapdragon 800 is a SoC. So while intel's chip may be faster, the power savings are likely overblown as by the time you add things like a modem into the mix, more power is needed.

this is comparing the actual cpu cores,not the total soc power usage. and who told you silvermont isn't a soc? because it is.

By the time it hits the market, Qualcomm would have improved on Snapdragron 800. It makes little sense comparing a product in the pipeline to one on the market.

kinpin said,
By the time it hits the market, Qualcomm would have improved on Snapdragron 800. It makes little sense comparing a product in the pipeline to one on the market.

Qualcomm have nothing to answer Intel with.... Intel are way way ahead of the Arm derivatives

kinpin said,
By the time it hits the market, Qualcomm would have improved on Snapdragron 800. It makes little sense comparing a product in the pipeline to one on the market.

It's easier to take something very powerful, and make it energy efficient overtime than it is the other way around. It terms of performance, ARM is 1-2 generations behind Intel; and it wouldn't have been long before Intel caught ARM'S SOC derivatives in efficiency.

I could be wrong. But it has always been my understanding that Intel's instruction set is much more robust/efficient and therefor has much more potential than that of ARM. To me that's the reason, once Intel has power parity, ARM is in for rough ride. If Intel can get this tech on an SOC and show power usage parity with an ARM chip but do it with their instruction set and increased processing power ARM is going to have to really fight to stay on top in all but the boutique market segments.

I don't understand why you are going to need all that power, my old S2 runs Modern Combat and Real Racing just fine, all I look for a processor is power efficiency. Now I ask myself why I bought a HTC One when I could have got something cheaper and does what I need

You know what- you're right. We should just stop. What we have now is good enough /s

-why are you even on a technology website?

trihawk7 said,
I don't understand why you are going to need all that power, my old S2 runs Modern Combat and Real Racing just fine, all I look for a processor is power efficiency. Now I ask myself why I bought a HTC One when I could have got something cheaper and does what I need

If you dont need it, then you should be even more happy because the older stuff thats good enough for you will drop in price

trihawk7 said,
I don't understand why you are going to need all that power, my old S2 runs Modern Combat and Real Racing just fine, all I look for a processor is power efficiency. Now I ask myself why I bought a HTC One when I could have got something cheaper and does what I need

It's about technology advancement. If it weren't for that we'll be using single core processors right now.