Cycle for cycle the Cortex-A17 processor offers over 60% performance uplift over the Cortex-A9 processor, the current leader in mid-range mobile market. This high performance is delivered while improving the efficiency - performance per milliwatt and per mm2. The Cortex-A17 processor is based on the popular 32bit ARMv7-A architecture, today’s most successful architecture in the mobile market. With over 1M apps supporting the ARMv7-A architecture, the Cortex-A17 processor is primed to bring the high-end performance levels of 2014 to next generation mid-range devices in 2015 delivering a better user experience at a reduced cost.
The Cortex-A17 processor is scalable up to 4 cores, each containing a fully out-of-order pipeline delivering peak performance of today’s premium mobile devices. A fully integrated, low-latency L2 cache controller, accelerator interfaces to target specific use cases, and high-throughput AMBA®4 ACE Coherent Bus Interface enable the Cortex-A17 processor to be tailored for the right task. Its modern design is best complemented with the latest advanced IP like ARM Mali-T720 GPU, ARM Mali-DP500 DPU, and ARM Mali-V500 VPU and CoreLink™ CCI-400, but is also fully backwards compatible to existing AMBA3 and AMBA4 AXI based systems based on ARM Mali-450 GPU and CoreLink NIC-400 to ease integration and time-to-market.
The Cortex-A17 processor, in combination with its high-efficiency counterpart Cortex-A7 processor, provides an ideal big.LITTLE solution for mobile devices in 2015 and beyond. 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.
Key target markets include:
- Mobile (Smartphones and Tablets)
- Over-the-top devices
- Automotive infotainment
- Other consumer oriented markets
The Cortex-A17 processor is optimized for highest performance within thermally restricted devices making it a leading solution ideally suited for compact form factors like smartphones and tablets. The sweet spot of performance and efficiency make the Cortex-A17 processor well suited for consumer devices that continue to demand more performance, and yet are also increasingly area constrained, such as like Smart-TVs and Set-top-boxes.