Performance was about what I expected, but it's still disappointing. Intel is hoping to compete with current A15 cores, but A57 could be shipping later this year or early next year. Then there's still the problem of revised A15 units that hit a much higher clockspeed at the same TDP (kind of like the 3GHz A9 cores). It seems that Jaguar, Silvermont, and A15/A57 will all be around the same performance. I'm looking forward to GPU benchmarks in hopes of having another decent competitor in the mobile space.
The most important point about phone architectures is that 3rd party, 28nm bulk process is much cheaper than Intel's 22nm, 3D transistor tech. Even if Silvermont is better, the biggest phone manufacturers (Apple and Samsung) already have in-house designs they prefer to use instead of buying from Intel.
Originally Posted by Tonysoprano
The Atom's aren't bad little chips in all fairness!
There has never been a good reason to buy an atom over something else. The first-gen of netbooks were terrible. By the time the second gen came around, Zacate offered much better performance in the same package. By the time Atom could fit in a phone TDP, the CPU was average while the GPU was a generation behind.
Edited by hajile - 5/6/13 at 2:19pm