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ARM Unveils cortex-A17 processor for mid-range smartphones

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

ARM has unveiled a new mobile processor, which will be used in middle-class smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. The ARM Cortex-A17 promises greater efficiency and up to 60 percent more power than the cortex-A9 according the British chip Developer's.

The ARM Cortex-A17 processor to offer up to 60 percent more power than the cortex-A9 (image: ARM).

Together with the GPU Mali T720 and the Mali-V500 video processor cortex-A17 will enable manufacturers, to offer its customers premium features at an affordable price. "We are expecting many innovations in mobile phones in the medium price range, which will be a year from 2015 to a market with more than 500 million devices," said Ian Ferguson, Vice President for marketing at ARM. The cortex-A17 is a key component of this growth.

Based on the "Big.Little" of the cortex-A17-multicore concept, which stand for devices in the middle price segment available. In a companion CPU cortex A7 is used in addition to the main processor. The operating system determines that the Smartphone is a little busy, it can switch just by the cortex A17 to the fully compatible cortex-A7, to reduce power consumption.

This technique takes advantage of such plans has also the Chinese chip maker MediaTek, as he has just announced. He wants to bring out the world's first LTE-enabled system-on-a-chip (SoC) with eight processor cores, which connects A17 cores with A7 cores.

The new GPU Mali T720 focuses in turn on Android devices in the lower price segment. It supports the latest APIs for GPU Computing, allowing cheaper devices according to the ARM, which can provide the visual experience of high end smartphones and tablets.

[with material by Steve McCaskill, TechWeekEurope]

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