Last fall ARM Holdings announced the Cortex A9 dual-core processor, a 40nm technology chip dubbed an ‘Atom beater’ based on fitting two cores in the space and power consumption of a single-core Intel Atom chip. The chip is designed to scale to 2GHz and perhaps further with a 32nm shrink, but as of now initial production samples are just coming out of TSMC in Taiwan.
Now we have some actual data to start to make that comparison. The video below shows a *500MHz* test bed with no graphics processor compared to a full Atom-based netbook. While it is true that browsing and rendering aren’t really an optimal test of a processor, it at least shows how well a 500MHz system does compared to current netbooks in one of the most common applications.
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