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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
ARM Releases Cortex-A17 Processor For Mid-Range Mobiles
ARM is targeting midrange, $200 smartphones and tablets with its Cortex-A17 processor core, announced Tuesday.
ARM's new suite, comprised of processor, graphics processor
and physical IP, is an update to ARM's mid-range IP offering
and will be available in devices for production in 2015 and
While mobile devices are moving toward 64-bit computing, the
Cortex-A17 is 32-bit, as ARM is expecting that there will be a
strong demand for 32-bit midrange mobile devices in the coming
years. ARM has already introduced the 64-bit Cortex-A57 and
ARM claims that the Cortex-A17 processor offers a 60 percent
performance improvement over Cortex-A9 processors, enabling
better power and area efficiency while supporting full-system
coherency for ARM big.LITTLE processing using the CoreLink
CCI-400 Cache Coherent Interconnect.
The Mali-T720 GPU is a cost-optimized graphics solution
targeted at entry-level Android devices. It supports the
latest graphics and GPU computing APIs, including Open GL ES
3.0, OpenCL and RenderScript.
Additionally, the mid-range IP suite includes the Mali-V500
video solution, an efficient and compact video processor
delivering up to 4K resolutions and when combined with the new
Mali-DP500 display controller, enables security from content
to the glass.
ARM provides SoC designers the ARM POP IP implementation
solutions on 28nm process technology. POP IP for the
Cortex-A17 processor includes core-hardening acceleration
technology and delivers 2.0+ GHz implementations.
MediaTek, Realtek and VIA Telecom have already announced SoC
designs based on the new A17-Cortex processor.
With the Cortex A17 aiming at the latter, ARM sees a potential market of around 450 million devices in 2015.