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SPEC seeks input for proposed benchmark measuring compute-intensive performance of handheld devices

GAINESVILLE, Va., January 17, 2012 - The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) is seeking input for a proposed new benchmark that would measure compute-intensive performance of handheld devices such as tablets and smart phones.

The first face-to-face meeting in the exploratory process will be held Monday morning, January 27, in San Jose, Calif. It is open to SPEC and non-SPEC members, including representatives from vendors, application developers, universities and R&D operations.

Meeting a demand

SPEC intends to target handheld devices that support an open community of application developers with access to tools and libraries for native applications. The benchmark would be designed for general consumer devices.

"There’s a groundswell of interest in compute performance related to handheld devices, but in our opinion none of the current benchmarks meet the standards that SPEC could provide and that vendors and consumers are seeking," says Jeff Reilly, chair of the SPEC CPU subcommittee.

SPEC believes a potential compute-intensive benchmark for hand-held devices could be used by device manufacturers, software vendors and application developers to test and market higher-performing products. Consumers, developers and other decision-makers could use the data from benchmark testing to better evaluate the compute capabilities of available handheld devices.

Want to participate?

Anyone interested in attending the kick-off meeting or participating in the handheld working group should contact SPEC at for more information and registration.

About SPEC

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. ( is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. Its membership comprises more than 70 leading computer hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies worldwide.


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