ARM outs midrange Cortex-A17 chipset with 4K resolution support, 60% more power than Cortex-A9

ARM outs midrange Cortex-A17 chipset with 4K resolution support, 60% more power than Cortex-A9
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.

Made with the 28nm process, it is aimed to replace the aging Cortex-A9, which is in most smartphones, and offers 60% better performance with much improved power efficiency to boot. For comparison, today's top-shelf Cortex-A15 cores, as found in Exynos 5 Octa and Snapdragon 800, are 40% faster than A9s. The Cortex-A17 processor is coupled with midrange Mali-T720 graphics and enhanced IP suite, so next year's entry level devices will have quite a lot to brag about.

Cortex-A17 chipsets will be aimed precisely at the booming low- and mid-range market, offer up to 2 GHz+ quad-core versions, and can be paired with less powerful cores in a big.LITTLE config. The processor can also be paired up with the Mali-V500 video solution in midrange phones and tablets, which would allow power efficient 4K video encoding and decoding, bringing the new video and display resolution standard downmarket to more affordable mobile devices. 

Future seems bright for ARM-based phones, and the Chinese from MediaTek, whose processors seem to find place in more and more budget Androids these days, are already working on the Cortex-A17 implementation, as are Realtek and VIA. These chips are meant not only for phones and tablets, but TVs and automotive applications as well.

source: ARM



1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Aug 03, 2012

Mobile gaming, lol... Sadly, a tegra 2 will suffice for most of the games out there.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Anyone can list the comparison between the different chipsets? I kinda got confused

6. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 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: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

It is said to be more powerful all the while consuming significantly less power

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

8. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Look at Anandtech.

10. danishnigz

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 31, 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: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

14. Avenger827

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Three years is my bet too.

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