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Intel pits Bay Trail against Qualcomm and Nvidia mobile chips

It unsurprisingly wins
Thu Sep 12 2013, 09:59

SAN FRANCISCO: CHIPMAKER Intel has pitted its fresh Atom Z3000 mobile processor, formerly codenamed Bay Trail, against rival chips from Qualcomm and Nvidia, claiming better performance on both Android and Windows tablets.

Showing off the benchmark results in a briefing at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Wednesday, Intel compared Bay Trail to the chipmaker's earlier Clover Trail mobile offering as well as its rivals' chips, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 and Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor.

The comparisons were made using results from the benchmarking applications MobileXRT for Android tablets and Tabletmark 1.0 for Windows devices.

Intel's benchmark results for Baytrail on Android tablets

In the Android tests on MobileXPRT, Intel's Bay Trail Atom chip scored 2.17, much better than the Nvidia Tegra 4 chip's 1.64 result and the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4's 1.46 score. The result was also double the score of Intel's Clover Trail Atom chip, which scored the worst of the lot at 1.0.

For Windows tablets, Intel benchmarked its chip against its rivals using Tabletmark 1.0, boasting another win for the Bay Trail Atom chip with a score of 2.14, much better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip's 0.76 score and the Nvidia Tegra 4 mobile chip's 0.72 score. According to Intel, the Clover Trail Atom chip took second place, scoring 1.0.

Intel's benchmark results for Baytrail on Windows tablets

During the announcements of the benchmarking results, Intel VP of the mobile and communications group Hermann Eul said users are "not looking for the cheapest tablet they can find, they are looking for the best thing they can afford". As a result, he said, "There is an opportunity for the Bay Trail platform to close that gap because it delivers performance in multiple market segments."

Eul explained that this is because the use of tablets is changing, with users getting more into tablets and thus needing better performing mobile devices for their needs, such as gaming. µ


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