University of Texas at Austin (McCombs)
Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) are increasingly being found in the consumer electronic markets that require low power and high performance processors. ARM and Intel have become major competitors in this domain. In order to meet the architectural requirements of MIDs, both companies have developed the following processor architectures to address market needs: the Cortex-A series from ARM and the Atom-N series by Intel. In this paper, the Cortex-A8 and Atom N330 are compared with respect to their architectures and their real-world performance in specific implementations.