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Intel Claims Its Clover Trail More Efficient than Tegra 3

The stonewall in the tablet and mobile CPU segment is gradually mounting, with Intel and Nvidia increasing their influence and rivalry. Hence, Intel's developers claim that its latest tablet processor, two-core Atom Clover Trail, surpasses Nvidia's Tegra 3 in both performance and power consumption. To be precise, Clover Trail proves to be more efficient in a range of applications, but at the same time, it consumes power twice less than its counterpart. To exemplify such claims, Intel takes Imagination Technologies graphics that consumes less power than Tegra 3.

Numerous testing results conducted by Intel and some leading IT analysts demonstrate that Tegra 3 with four main cores and one additional core is slower that Clover Trail. Testing of performance and power consumption has been held on Microsoft Surface RT with Tegra 3 chip and Windows 8 tablet with Clover Trail chip. Nevertheless, Intel hasn't conducted any comparison in mobile OS from Google.

To continue, such results might be an outcome of the employment of a bit outdated cores Cortex-A9 by Nvidia, manufactured under 40 nm technological norms. These chips employ quite simple graphics as well, and this does not add up to its overall performance. Nvidia plans to deliver in the coming future a new generation of mobile processors, codenamed Tegra 4, which will be characterized by more efficient Cortex-A15 cores, 72 current processors and improved graphics.

This is a real challenge that Intel is going to outlive with an advantage: the release of a new Atom Bay Trail. A new generation of mobile processors from Intel will be able to support the fulfillment of instructions with the change of succession. Such technological move is going to dramatically improve CPU performance.
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  • 26 December 2012, 20:34
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