A new experimental ARM Cortex A7 board named Moose has recently been added to the open-source Chromium OS repository by MediaTek.
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- They also have a part with A17s, which is interesting. Of course, the A7, A15, and A17 are all ISA compatible.Jul 13, 2014
- Not sure it matters, but the kernel specify's support for the MediaTek MT8127 tablet processor. This is quad-core, 1.5Ghz but still slow as molasses, even against the original Exynos in the Series 3 and Hp11Jul 13, 2014
- moto g is a quad a7.
regarding the comparison between a nexus 10 and the series 3/hp11, i'd say it is apt in some regards but they also use a different upper software stack (inc. wm/desktop). CROS in superficial ways is also more multitasking intensive, IMO. Which is a way of saying more [4-8] a7 cores instead of 2 a15 cores i think would have some potential, in additional to a lower market price. (how are those chromebook 2's working out WRT cores? seems to think it is fine. Same idea, except crbk2 is higher end)
finally, isn't an a7 ~2 dmips/mhz? a15 is ~3, i wouldn't say that's twice as fast.
side note, i scooped this a couple days ahead of francois (hurray for me :-) )
https://plus.google.com/106810288520604103752/posts/3PbFv5vbax9 and crossposted to the chromebooks communityJul 15, 2014
- It's 1.9 vs approx. 3.5-4.0 in Dmips. But, I'd suggest the multiple cores (4-8) would offer advantages in a thread-heavy/multi-talking environment like Chrome. I suspect that we would end up with something between the Samsung Chromebook 1 & 2 (tending towards the newer device) in terms of performance - depending on the GPU. It could also mean a $150 dollar Chromebook.Jul 15, 2014
- Chrome is multithreaded, but isn't mostly one thread per tab? If so, considering that you can only see a single tab (usually) not sure a bunch of slow CPUs is going to make for a particularly nice web experience.Jul 15, 2014
- It seems to work that way, yes. I mentioned it earlier, but I think page loading speeds would be among the slowest we've seen on Chromebooks because of the A7 cores. With a good GPU, it would smooth out pages and overall I don't think it would make a bad impression.