ARM outs midrange Cortex-A17 chipset with 4K resolution support, 60% more power than Cortex-A9
0. phoneArena 11 Feb 2014, 05:45 posted on
The British chip designer ARM, on whose architectures rely most mobile processors these days, is a company that never sleeps, and it just proved that with the announcement of its next architecture - Cortex-A17. It is aimed to replace the aging Cortex-A9, which is in most smartphones, and offers 60% better performance with improved power efficiency to boot. The Cortex-A17 processor is coupled with a new Mali-T720 graphics and enhanced IP suite, so next year's midrangers will have quite a lot to brag about...
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1. Finalflash (Posts: 2096; 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: 863; 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: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Mobile gaming, lol... Sadly, a tegra 2 will suffice for most of the games out there.
12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; 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: 3575; 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: 1016; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Anyone can list the comparison between the different chipsets? I kinda got confused
6. XaErO (Posts: 260; 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: 863; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
It is said to be more powerful all the while consuming significantly less power
9. livyatan (Posts: 863; 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: 2447; 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...