Monday, 2 May 2011

Apple embareses itself at Computex 2011 without even showing up

    There are two reasons why Apple is always missing at world wide conventions and technology expositions; first, Foxconn makes all Apple products and apple doesn't want a Foxconn booth and second, Apple software is always behind, behind schedule, behind the competition and behind in all benchmarks that aren't ordered by Apple.
    During Computex 2011 did some benchmarks on a prototype Android Honeycomb tablet, which ran on Intel x86-based version of the OS and compared the results with the current generation of ARM tablets.
    The tablet was made by Compal Electronics with Intel's new prototype and Oak Trail platform on board. The used CPU has two cores, both at 1.5 GHz do their work, assisted by 1GB of RAM. The Intel GMA600 GPU is based on the PowerVR SGX535.
Lower is better
    The benchmarks show the combination of ARM hardware versus the Intel's Oak Trail x86 platform.

   Using the SunSpider benchmark the speed of the Safari iOS JavaScript engine clearly scores last even though it has roughly the same processing power as the Tegra 2 and is based on ARM Cortex A8 just as the Playbook CPU.
    Finally Linpack benchmark, Quadrant and CaffeineMark 3 were run. The results of both benchmarks are less significant as iOS didn't even qualify for further tests, in spite of the ARM CPU.
    Intel managed to score 9.4 MFLOPS in Linpack, far behind the Tegra 2 (36 MFLOPS), which is present in many (if not all) modern tablets. That chip in the same test scores about 36 MFLOPS.
    The Quadrant benchmark is a sum of different sub-benchmarks for both the CPU and the GPU of the tablet test. The score of 1978 brings the tablet in the current ARM range as most tablets score 2000-2500 in Quadrant.
    Intel took the greatest hit in CaffeineMark 3 scoring ~1500 where the Tegra 2 Platform scores 6000 to 7500.