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

ARM unveils Cortex-A17 processor, Mali-T720 GPU, and enhanced IP suite
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

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