Samsung has announced that a new consortium has been formed to provide more effective hardware and system-level performance assessment of mobile devices. Called MobileBench, this group includes not only Samsung, but Broadcom, Huawei, OPPO and Spreadtrum. The consortium held its inaugural meeting in Shenzhen on Wednesday, which was attended by local government dignitaries and mobile device companies.
According to Samsung, MobileBench will "focus on addressing the need of developers to better understand every element within the mobile platform and deliver optimal system-level performance to enhance the user experience." The group plans to release "MobileBench" for evaluating hardware, and "MobileBench-UX" for testing system-level applications. Later on, the group will release a test system for consumers to evaluate personal mobile devices on their own.
"MobileBench will provide mobile platform designers with more useful solutions based on speedy time-to-market analysis, and consumers with more reliable indices for better assessing the user experience," Samsung said. "Setting impartial test guidelines and embracing more sophisticated evaluation methodology, the consortium believes its tools will be widely adopted by mobile device designers and engineers, to the benefit of OEMs and consumers alike."
MobileBench will evaluate the performance of core mobile device elements such as application processors, popular memory solutions, embedded storage (eMMC) and graphics memory chips. Engineers will be able to set up detailed parameters such as repetition and intervals, with each test result being monitored in real-time, allowing usage pattern and system status analyses. MobileBench-UX will test user scenarios like switching among different apps, video shooting and viewing, and phone camera operations. Test results are immediate, Samsung said.
"With the cooperation of the mobile industry at large, the MobileBench Consortium is seeking to give top priority to providing users with added convenience and more usable features," said Dr. Byungse So, Senior Vice President, Memory Product Planning and Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics. "Broad adoption of MobileBench's applications will better delineate differences in performance and enable mobile system designers to deliver uniform performance in more diverse user environments at a faster pace."
This new mobile benchmarking consortium consists of a board of directors (chair and directors), president, chief financial officer and secretary, special committees, work committees and a tool maintainer. Membership types include developer, adopter, and honorary. Developers can fill any position while all other memberships are limited.
The consortium is actively seeking new members now. Companies interested in joining can head here to find out more information. The company also provides detailed information in this pdf file including what each benchmark tool will do (as shown in the screenshots above), the consortium's roadmap, and so on.