Cortex-A17 Processor

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ARM Cortex-A12 is now also referred to as the ARM Cortex-A17.
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The ARM Cortex-A17 processor is the latest high-performance ARMv7-A, delivering the highest 32-bit performance in a power and area-efficient package which makes it ideal for mid-range solutions.

The Cortex-A17 processor offers premium performance and a high-end feature set making it an ideal fit for every screen, from smartphone to smart TV. The Cortex-A17 processor is architecturally aligned with the broadly deployed Cortex-A7 processor, enabling next-generation mid-range devices based on big.LITTLE™ technology.

The Cortex-A17 processor is supported by a suite of optimized IP targeted at mid-range solutions bringing highest efficiency levels and ease of integration. ARM Mali™-T720 GPU supports latest graphics and GPU computing APIs alongside a wider range of high-end graphics processors. Mali-V500 and Mali-DP500 provide a secure and enriched multimedia experience with video and display processing, and ARM POP™ IP solutions deliver an accelerated time-to-market.

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The Cortex-A17 processor offers a greater than 60% performance uplift over the widely-adopted Cortex-A9 processor at the same clock frequency, and can be scaled to higher frequencies. This high performance is delivered while improving the efficiency in both performance per milliwatt, and performance per mm2. With over one million applications supporting the ARMv7-A architecture, the Cortex-A17 processor is primed to bring the high-end performance levels of 2014 to next generation mid-range devices in 2015, delivering a better user experience at a reduced cost.


The Cortex-A17 processor is scalable up to four cores, each containing a fully out-of-order pipeline delivering peak performance. A fully integrated, low-latency L2 cache controller and high-throughput AMBA®4 ACE Coherent Bus Interface enables the Cortex-A17 processor to be tailored for the right task. Its modern design is best complemented with the latest advanced IP like ARM Mali-T720 GPU, ARM Mali-DP500 DPU, and ARM Mali-V500 VPU and CoreLink™ CCI-500, but is also fully backwards compatible to existing AMBA 3 and AMBA 4 AXI based systems based on ARM Mali-450 GPU and CoreLink NIC-400 to ease integration and time-to-market.


The Cortex-A17 processor, in combination with its high-efficiency counterpart Cortex-A7 processor, provides an ideal big.LITTLE solution for mobile devices in 2015 and beyond. Coupled with CoreLink System IP components, Cortex-A17 and Cortex-A7 processors are the foundation for upcoming devices that are more efficient and higher performance than any solution in this class before.




The Cortex-A17 processor powers many of the market-leading smartphones and tablets, and is ideal for use within consumer oriented devices.


Key target markets include:

  • Mobile (smartphones and tablets)
  • Smart-TVs
  • Over-the-top (OTT) devices
  • In-vehicle infotainment


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