German website ComputerBase has published the first benchmark of the upcoming Intel Atom processor, codenamed “Silverthorne”, which is designed for use in Mobile Internet Devices and Ultra-Mobile PCs.
According to the Super PI test result, the Atom at 1.6GHz is a little bit faster than the old Intel Pentium III-M “Tualatin” at 1.13GHz, but slower than the laptop-use Intel Celeron M “Dothan-512″ at 900MHz, utilized in the Asus Eee PC. However, Super PI is a single-threaded application, while the “Silverthorne” CPUs incorporate HyperThreading technology for improved performance of multi-threaded software.
The Intel Atom processors are based on 45-nanometer production technology, and have a very low thermal design power (TDP), ranging from 0.6 to 2.5 watts. The Atom chips will be available with clock speed of up to 1.8GHz, and are scheduled for release in the first half of 2008.