THE INTEL MOOREFIELD CHIP, which was announced at Mobile World Congress this year as an update to the firm's Atom range of system on chip (SoC) processors, has made its way into its first device.
Intel announced on its news website that the quad-core 64-bit Atom Z3580 chip will arrive for the first time powering the Asus Memo Pad 8 tablet in Japan.
"The Memo Pad 8 is the first Moorefield-based device to be announced. KDDI [a Japanese telecommunications operator] plans to offer the new Android tablet to their subscribers in Japan at the end of August," Intel said on Thursday.
The Asus Memo Pad 8 was launched in the UK last October powered by an ARM Cortex A9 1.6GHz CPU, but the 22nm Moorefield chip edition, set to hit Japan late this year, is based on Intel's new Silvermont chip microarchitecture, promising improved CPU performance over previous generations.
In February, Intel worldwide client benchmark manager Matt Dunford said that the new Atom chips are faster than Apple's A7 chip in the iPhone 5S and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor in the Samsung Galaxy S4, in most aspects of operation.
Using some preliminary benchmark test results as examples, Dunford showed that Intel beat the competition in web application performance using the Webxprt 2013 benchmarking tool, with a score of 2.38 over Apple's 2.05 and Qualcomm's 1.10. Intel also claimed that the chip beat the competition in terms of battery performance, with Dunford showing off a Batteryxprt 2013 score of 1.87 compared to Apple's 1.17 and Qualcomm's 1.01 scores.
The Asus Memo Pad 8 is an 8in Android powered tablet costing £199 in the UK at present, featuring a 1280x800 resolution screen and internal storage that's expandable via microSD.
Intel said it will launch Moorefield chips, along with its dual-core Atom counterpart chips codenamed Merrifield, later this year through OEMs, so it seems that this is the first of that push. We've asked Intel when the UK is likely to see the Moorefield chip in a mobile device, but it said that it doesn't have any news in this market yet. µ