LONDON The ARMflix channel on Youtube has provided a side-by-side performance comparison of a netbook based on the Intel Atom processor and a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 development board.
ARM set up both systems to run the same operating system, the same browser and put them on the same high-speed corporate network and checked for responsiveness to the end-user.
The Intel-based netbook seemed to beat the development board to display different websites most times, but not by very much. When it is considered that the netbook has a graphics processing unit and the development board does not, that is surprising result. Even more notable is that the Intel-based netbook is running at 1.6-GHz clock frequency the dual-core Cortex-A9 development is running at 500-MHz.
It sounds like the voice-over is provided by Eric Schorn, vice president of marketing for ARM's processor division. Whoever speaks on the video said: "Performance is certainly a key part of the end-user value proposition but it is only step one. As form factors shrink power efficiency and battery life will increasingly drive market success."