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Thread: GCC 4.9 Is Friendly Toward Intel's Silvermont

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    Default GCC 4.9 Is Friendly Toward Intel's Silvermont

    Phoronix: GCC 4.9 Is Friendly Toward Intel's Silvermont

    The GCC 4.9 compiler that's still in early stages of development can generate binaries optimized for Intel's forthcoming Atom "Silvermont" hardware via the new "slm" CPU type...

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    It amazes me how many new instruction sets they keep adding to the x86 architecture. In the meantime, ARM with just a few instructions easily outperforms those "low-cost" intel chips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wargames View Post
    It amazes me how many new instruction sets they keep adding to the x86 architecture. In the meantime, ARM with just a few instructions easily outperforms those "low-cost" intel chips.
    That was true in 2011.
    The consensus currently is that atom chips are in line performance and power wise with respect to arm chips (financially no one can know, probably not).
    It is also expected that the move to 22nm and out-of-order in some months will definitely set atom SoC as very competitive on the low power market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erendorn View Post
    That was true in 2011.
    The consensus currently is that atom chips are in line performance and power wise with respect to arm chips (financially no one can know, probably not).
    It is also expected that the move to 22nm and out-of-order in some months will definitely set atom SoC as very competitive on the low power market.
    power wise? according to whom? Even with Anandtech where the results were massively dubious due to Intel providing him a setup with an engineer and some equipment that shouldn't be possible, the intel chip was only competing at idle with the ARM chips full burn power consumption, and ARM's response to this is hooking up their low power CPU with their high power CPU, with Intel's response being "let's make a better big core" so there's no real indication that this status quo has changed at all other than that ARM is about to beat Intel even more in the power/performance ratio.

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