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EEMBC Tames the Wild, Wild World of Android™ Benchmarking
|By Business Wire
|June 18, 2014 05:01 AM EDT
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC)
today announced the availability of AndEBench-Pro, its advanced Android
device benchmark. AndEBench-Pro provides professional-grade Android
device benchmarking that allows device vendors and consumers to reliably
assess the performance of their Android-based devices. As an independent
and unbiased tool, AndEBench-Pro empowers users to compare devices,
providing them with confidence in their purchasing decisions.
AndEBench-Pro focuses on the key metrics that reflect the subsystems and
usage models of applications running on Android devices. Hardware tests
in the benchmark thoroughly exercise the CPU, GPU, memory, and storage
subsystems using carefully designed, tough-to-fool algorithms. The
Platform test includes common tasks such as GUI rendering, XML parsing,
image manipulation, data compression, and cryptography, all combined
into real-world scenarios.
The AndEBench working group, led by Ronen Zohar, Principal Engineer at
Intel Corporation, was joined by EEMBC members including ARM,
Imagination Technologies, Intel, Marvell Semiconductor, NVIDIA, and most
of the other application processor vendors.
“After more than 18 months of debating, defining, and developing, we are
proud to deliver to the industry and the Android community this
comprehensive and invaluable benchmark,” said Mr. Zohar. “It’s truly
amazing how many decisions went into the making of the sophisticated,
yet –easy-to-use AndEBench-Pro, but the resulting benchmark is a tool
that users can confidently run knowing it will generate technically
sound and meaningful scores.”
“Unfortunately, Android benchmarks in the market have been developed by
entities that might be naïve about how to develop a structurally sound
benchmark, and furthermore their motivation is unclear,” said Markus
Levy, EEMBC’s President. “Given the expertise that has gone into
developing AndEBench-Pro and the transparent availability of source
code, EEMBC is convinced the benchmark is structurally sound and serves
the industry’s needs.”
In early 2012, EEMBC released its first-generation Android benchmark,
called AndEBench. This pioneering benchmark provided a useful and
transparent way to measure basic CPU performance. With this more
sophisticated launch, AndEBench scores are not comparable to those
generated by AndEBench-Pro. Still, EEMBC encourages the continued use of
AndEBench, and highlights for its communities the availability of
user-submitted scores representing more than 1,000 devices.
With support for both English and Chinese languages, the invaluable
AndEBench-Pro can be downloaded for free from Google Play™ and the
Amazon™ Appstore for Android. Professional device reviewers should
contact EEMBC directly to obtain their specific version of AndEBench-Pro
that will enable them to change benchmarking parameters and gain
undisclosed scoring information to aid in their device analysis. In
addition, EEMBC encourages all vendors and manufacturers to join the
consortium’s working group to contribute to the definition and
development of our next generation AndEBench. To join the working group,
contact Markus Levy for details.
EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark
Consortium, develops industry-standard benchmarks to test embedded
processors and systems such as smart phones and network firewall
appliances. EEMBC’s benchmark development work is supported by yearly
member dues and license fees.
EEMBC members include ACE Associated Compiler Experts, AMD, Analog
Devices, Andes Technology, ARM, Atmel, Avago Technologies, Broadcom,
C-Sky Microsystems, Cavium Networks, Cypress Semiconductor, Dell,
Freescale Semiconductor, Google, Green Hills Software, IAR Systems,
Imagination Technologies, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Lockheed Martin,
Marvell Semiconductor, MediaTek, Mentor Embedded, Microchip Technology,
Nokia Solutions and Networks, NVIDIA, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm,
Realtek Semiconductor, Red Hat, Renesas Electronics, Samsung
Electronics, Silicon Labs, Somnium Technologies, Sony Computer
Entertainment, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, Texas Instruments, Tilera,
TOPS Systems, Wind River Systems, and Xilinx.
EEMBC, CoreMark, and BrowsingBench are registered trademarks of the
Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc., Amazon AppStore
for Android is a trademark of Amazon, Inc.
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