ARM announced this Tuesday its latest processor that’s aimed at midrange mobile. The ARM Cortex-A17 processor core uses a 32-bit ARMv7-A CPU design offering 60% performance boost compared to the Cortex-A9 while supporting a big.LITTLE task switching. Overall this processor will allow devices to operate much quicker while providing a longer battery life.
The company announced that this is its most efficient midrange solution to date that delivers a premium user experience to upcoming smartphones and devices. “The Cortex-A17 processor offers premium performance and a high-end feature set making it an ideal fit for every screen – from smartphone to tablet, to Smart TVs and Over-the-top devices. The Cortex-A17 processor is architecturally aligned with the broadly deployed Cortex-A7 processor, enabling next-generation mid-range devices based on big.LITTLE technology.”
The Cortex-A17 processor can be scaled up to four cores each able to offer an out-of-order pipeline allowing it to deliver peak performance levels.
It can also be combined with the highly efficient Core-A7 processor making it an ideal solution to mobile devices in 2015. The company announced that “The Cortex-A17 processor, in combination with its high-efficiency counterpart Cortex-A7 processor, provides an ideal solution for mobile devices in 2015 and beyond, bringing the heterogeneous processing benefits of big.LITTLE Global Task Switching (GTS) to the mid-range market. Coupled with CoreLink System IP components like the CoreLink CCI-400 interconnect, Cortex-A17 and Cortex-A7 processors are the foundation for upcoming devices that are more efficient and higher performance than any solution in this class before.”
A couple of example configurations are listed below.
Ultimate Mid-range Mobile 2015+ big.LITTLE
- 2GHz+ Quad-core Cortex-A17 processor with Quad-core Cortex-A7 processor
- 2Ghz+ Dual-core Cortex-A17 processor with Quad-core Cortex-A7 processor
Mid-range Mobile 2015+ big.LITTLE
- 1.5GHz – 2GHz Dual-core Cortex-A17 processor and Quad-core Cortex-A7 processor
- 1.5GHz – 2GHz Dual-core Cortex-A17 processor and Dual-core Cortex-A7 processor
Mid-range Mobile 2015
- 1.0 – 2.0 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A17 solutions
Cortex-A17 Processor Specifications
- Out-of-order CPUs with a 11+ stage pipeline
- 1-4X SMP within a single processor cluster
- Multiple coherent SMP processor clusters using AMBA 4 ACE technology
- Compatible with CCI-400 for up to two clusters
- ARM and Thumb-2
- TrustZone security technology
- NEON Advanced SIMD
- DSP & SIMD extensions
- VFPv4 Floating point
- Hardware virtualization support
- Large Physical Address Extensions (LPAE)
- Integer Divide
- Fused MAC
- Hypervisor debug instructions
- Support for large physical memory and virtualization
- CoreSight SoC
ARM expects this processor to be initially based on the 28nm process. It will eventually shift to 20nm once the process becomes cost effective.