Intel says future Atom processors will match AMD Phenom II performance -- in 2015

Intel says future Atom processors will match AMD Phenom II performance -- in 2015

Summary: If you're looking forward to improved performance from Intel's tiny Atom processors -- used to power netbooks and tablets -- the company has plans to deliver it. In fact, the chip giant says future versions will match the performance of AMD's desktop Phenom II chips.

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If you're looking forward to improved performance from Intel's tiny Atom processors -- used to power netbooks and tablets -- the company has plans to deliver it. In fact, the chip giant says future versions will match the performance of AMD's desktop Phenom II chips. Which all sounds great -- if you're willing to wait until 2015 to snare a device with that speed boost.

An Intel exec briefed some UK press about Atom's future, which will include a 14nm manufacturing process in 2014, following a 22nm manufacturing process. It also promised performance in 2015 that will be 10 times that of the current N570 in both graphics (frames per second) and CPU power.

Based on those projections, Intel reckons that its 14nm "Airmont" Atom will outperform a six-core Phenom X6 1100T processor, at least in running the SPECint2000 benchmark. Unfortunately, that is a curious choice of a benchmark, considering it's not the latest version of it (which is SPECint2006).

It's also a curious comparison, considering it's an older AMD CPU (albeit a six-core desktop one), four years from now is an eon in chip-improvement time, and it doesn't take into account any improvement that Apple, ARM, Nvidia, or AMD itself will make with any future mobile chips.

Does this leave you excited for Atom's future? We won't be surprised if you're a little skeptical.

[ITProPortal via Fudzilla; image: ITProPortal]

Topics: Processors, CXO, Hardware, Intel, IT Employment

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  • RE: Intel says future Atom processors will match AMD Phenom II performance -- in 2015

    Wow Intel are basically saying Processors get faster over time. Thanks Intel.
    themarkthomas
  • Wow that is great!

    A processor that may come out in 2015 will match a processor architecture that was designed 6 - 7 years before it.

    I have a new slogan for the Intel Atom Processor.

    "Intel Atom Processor. We will bring you the performance of yesterday today!"
    bobiroc
    • What is wrong with you guys

      @bobiroc
      Atom is 5w processor, mainly for netbook or tablet. I only wish a tablet performance can in par with desktop of four years ago.
      FADS_z
      • RE: Intel says future Atom processors will match AMD Phenom II performance -- in 2015

        @FADS_z

        The key word there is "mainly" I understand the low wattage benefits but the intel Atom currently is stuffed into many netbooks and desktops costing about the same as a more powerful computer.

        I also find it funny that they are comparing a future Intel Processor to an AMD processor.
        bobiroc
    • This an 8.5W chip vs an 125 watt chip

      @bobiroc AND with a embedded GPU to boot. The idle power is way low too. TDP is almost 15x less power. I have a Conroe core 2 duo processor that is 5 years old and it would clobber any netbook processor today (AMD or Intel). 2015-2011 is only 4 years.
      DevGuy_z
  • Improvement is always welcome

    They don't mention if they will be able to keep the Atom chips at their current heat and power levels, and as others have mentioned, they are comparing against processors that are several years old.

    I'm surprised that Intel isn't putting more effort into Atom, because it is their only defense against losing out the tablet market completely.
    terry flores
  • RE: Intel says future Atom processors will match AMD Phenom II performance -- in 2015

    Gee 2006 performance in 2011, I can hardly wait!
    wkulecz
  • So they're saying...

    in a few years their processor logos are going to say "AMD inside"?
    Joe_Raby
  • Atom marketing tagline in 2015:

    "My God. It's full of Stars!"
    Joe_Raby
  • not bad

    but the only problem for intel is that the amd offerings at the same price point would be more powerful. 2015 might be the first time in history where the cheapest mobile offerings are more powerful than next gen consoles thanks to AMD. and if that happens that would be some funny shit.
    saneblane
  • Brilliant intel.

    Well in 4 years that Atom's going to be about as powerful as AMD's low power chip... This was a really dumb thing to say in a press release because it invites negative comparisons to the competition. We're all scratching our heads over what intel was thinking with that one.

    And you know what else is odd? This is an inferred result. That chip doesn't even exist, how do they know how well it's going to perform? They don't.
    snoop0x7b
    • A dual-core Atom D525....

      can't even outpace a single-core Sempron 140.

      AMD has nothing to fear.
      Joe_Raby
  • Intel isn't going to hurt its high end

    Intel isn't going to boost the Atom so much, so fast that people consider it a viable alternative to their more expensive processors.
    dougsyo@...
  • RE: Intel says future Atom processors will match AMD Phenom II performance -- in 2015

    Honey , I shrunk the Celeron!
    brettze
  • IOW, Phenom II 6 Core 3.3Ghz performance @ 8.5 watts.

    While power has been falling for desktop processors it hasn't been falling that much over the years. Do get 6-core 3 Ghz performance with 8.5W chip. That is pretty impressive. And Atom power levels have been going down. And that's with an imbedded GPU. The x6 1100T is a 125 watt chip. So that's almost a 15X drop in power! And integrated GPU which the x6 1100T does not have.
    DevGuy_z
  • RE: Intel says future Atom processors will match AMD Phenom II performance -- in 2015

    Even if they do manage to make atom's that fast, your talking about 3-4 years in the future. Although they really need to be atleast 10x the speed because right now they can barely score 400 points on the CPU benchmark site, while 6 Core Phenom II's score over 4k sometimes.
    Jimster480
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  • Can't believe...

    Can't believe how many obnoxious assholes there are in the comments.

    They'll say anything they think makes them sound smart.

    Greasy smarmy pricks.
    Naryan