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Qualcomm releases Vellamo 2 for ARM and Intel Android devices

It doesn't expect to win every test
Fri Sep 21 2012, 18:13
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CHIP DESIGNER Qualcomm has updated its Vellamo benchmark suite with greater emphasis on HTML5 and Javascript while bringing out support for Intel's Medfield processors.

Qualcomm has given its Vellamo benchmark a thorough update, including several new tests that aim to provide results that are representative of real-life usage scenarios. The firm has also for the first time included a video streaming test and built a version for Android on x86, so smartphones based on Intel's Medfield processor can also be tested.

Qualcomm split the Vellamo benchmarking suite into two sections, HTML5 and Metal, with the former mainly looking at HTML5 and Javascript performance while the Metal section has hardware benchmarks such as Dhrystone and Linpack all wrapped up in what is undoubtedly a very nice graphical user interface. The firm has also included an "inline video" test by installing a web server on the device to stream a file with artificial network latency imposed to simulate WiFi, 3G and 4G connections.

While Qualcomm's decision to include tests that stream video is a good one for addressing real-world usage, the need to install a web server in order to account for network behaviour could be a security concern. However Sy Choudhury, director of product management at Qualcomm told The INQUIRER, "It's only for use, and can only through the SSL connection and certification speak to Vellamo. And it's only loaded for those two tests - so we only load it into memory. We do not send from Vellamo to our servers except when the user opts in."

Choudhury also played down concerns that because Vellamo was being developed by Qualcomm, it would be biased against rival chip vendors. He said that Qualcomm wouldn't win in all tests but that testing will show where the firm needs to get better.

Qualcomm's Vellamo 2 benchmarking tool is available for download at Google Play. µ


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