ARM outs midrange Cortex-A17 chipset with 4K resolution support, 60% more power than Cortex-A9
11 February 2014
The ARM Mali-T720 GPU and ARM Mali-V500 video processor bring scalable, energy-efficient compact multimedia solutions to mid-range devices and are complemented by the ARM Mali™-DP500 display processor.
CAMBRIDGE, UK, FEB 11, 2014 – ARM today announced an enhanced suite of higher performance and more energy-efficient products specifically designed for the rapidly growing mid-range mobile and consumer electronics markets. The suite, comprised of processor, graphics processor and physical IP, is an update to ARM's mid-range IP offering targeting devices for production in 2015 and beyond. The combination of the ARM Cortex-A17 processor and the ARM Mali-T720 GPU gives an enriched offering for mid-range mobile and other consumer applications such as smart TVs and Over-the-Top media devices.
"We expect to see a rich set of innovation in the mid-range mobile phone segment which is forecast to become a half a billion unit market annually from 2015 and the Cortex-A17 processor will be a key component in that growth," said Ian Ferguson, vice president of segment marketing, ARM. "To date, the ARM Partnership has shipped more than 50 billion ARM-based chips and the continued broadening of our processor family will enable our partners to further optimize their offerings in existing and new product categories."
More Performance, Greater Efficiency
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. Additional information on the Cortex-A17 processor can be found here.
The Mali-T720 GPU is a cost-optimized graphics solution targeted at entry-level Android devices developed to reduce an OEM's manufacturing complexities and time-to-market. It supports the latest graphics and GPU computing APIs, including Open GL ES 3.0, OpenCL and RenderScript, extending the rich visual experience previously found only on today's high-end smartphones and tablets. More detail on the Mali-T720 GPU can be found here. Additionally, the mid-range IP suite includes the Mali-V500 video solution, a very 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.
Faster Time-To-Market Support
To enable SoC designers to combine their own IP in the most efficient and effective manner, ARM provides 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. POP IP for the Mali-T720 GPU enables best-in-class area efficiency (fps/mm2) and market-leading power efficiency (fps/mW). It includes a proven RTL-GDS flow to easily reproduce complex implementations for a faster time to market. More information on POP IP featuring ARM Artisan® Physical IP can be found here.
"MediaTek is committed to providing the world's most compelling SoC solutions, and ARM technology builds the ideal foundation for fully integrated platforms with rich feature sets. The new ARM Cortex-A17 processor combines high performance with cost and efficiency, delivering an excellent user experience and a premium feature set, making it the best processing option available to continue our success in the mobile market," said Johan Lodenius, chief marketing officer, MediaTek.
"As a leader in multimedia SoC solutions, Realtek sees the Cortex-A17 processor as continuing the ARM track record of delivering the right balance of performance and power to address the demand for new products," said Jessy Chen, Executive Vice President of Realtek.
"Our rich experience and expertise in ARM SoC architectures, including Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A12, combined with our core strengths in advanced wireless telecommunications technologies makes VIA well-positioned to leverage the mid-range mobile devices opportunity with the ARM Cortex-A17 processor," said Ker Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of VIA Telecom.
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1. Finalflash (Posts: 1436; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
This is an amazing period in tech history. When the likes of recently small and start up companies like Google and Arm become more powerful than the established powers like MS and Intel. Good to finally see serious competition in the industry and not the stagnation of the 90s and early 2000.
2. livyatan (Posts: 652; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
This will be a midrange chip in 2015.
Had it been released now, it would likely be the best chip on the market.
It is definitely an overkill for any of the tasks an average Joe uses a smartphone for, except maybe for the mobile gaming which is booming.
Chips like this will allow even the most popular "casual" games downloaded in hundreds of million copies to dress up in some serious lokking graphics
11. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Mobile gaming, lol... Sadly, a tegra 2 will suffice for most of the games out there.
12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
What games are you talking about? Even Tegra 3 lags on most games, and it's twice as powerful as the Tegra 2. The Tegra 2 has less graphical power than the average PowerVR SGX540, which is in the low end category.
3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Interesting.. I can see a quad core entry level "Lumia 530", or a high end "1530" with twice the battery life....
I can also see the leveling of higher, and higher, specifications taking place, just as the PC market did several years back.... It's all about efficiency, and optimization, from this point forward....
5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Anyone can list the comparison between the different chipsets? I kinda got confused
6. XaErO (Posts: 134; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I could not follow appropriately ..
Cortex A17 : is it faster than Cortex A15 by 20% ?? ..
and what about the power efficiency ??
7. livyatan (Posts: 652; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
It is said to be more powerful all the while consuming significantly less power
9. livyatan (Posts: 652; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Actually I have to correct myself, sorry.. It is not faster than A15 but rather has similar raw performance and much lower power consumption.
It is basically an improved Cortex A12 and not A15.
10. danishnigz (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Using math, Cortex A17 is theoretically 14.3% (3 s.f) faster than Cortex A15 (if my calculations are correct :p) which in turn is 40% faster than Cortex A9
13. fzacek (Posts: 1214; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Can't wait for the time when I will be able to buy a Note 3 equivalent phone for 50 dollars. Probably in three or so years...