Cortex-A17

The Arm Cortex-A17 processor is the highest performance Armv7-A processor.

Overview

The Arm Cortex-A17 processor offers 60% more single thread performance over the Cortex-A9 in a power and area-efficient package, which makes it ideal for mid-range solutions. The processor includes the latest Armv7-A features such as virtualization support, Large Physical Addressing Extension (LPAE), NEON and 128-bit ACE interface.


Key benefits

  • Highest performance for Armv7-A  software ecosystem.

  • Cost efficiency with premium 32-bit performance for mass-market devices.

  • Mature and shipped in a wide range of consumer and embedded markets.


Highlights

Architecture Armv7-A
Multicore 1-4x Symmetrical Multiprocessing (SMP) within a single processor cluster, and multiple coherent SMP processor clusters through AMBA 4 ACE technology. Compatible with CCI-400 for up to two clusters.
ISA Support
 
  • Arm and Thumb-2
  • TrustZone security technology
  • NEON Advanced SIMD
  • DSP & SIMD extensions
  • VFPv4 Floating point
  • Hardware virtualization support
  • Large Physical Address Extensions (LPAE)
  • Integer Divide
  • Fused MAC
  • Hypervisor debug instructions
Memory Management Unit (MMU)
Armv7 Memory Management Unit
Debug & Trace
CoreSight

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Applications

The Cortex-A17 processor offers premium performance and a high-end feature set making it an ideal fit for:

Home consumer appliances

Over-the-top and set-top box devices

Smartphones

Automotive infotainment

Smart TVs

Tablets


Key features

Integrated and configurable L2 Cache Controller

Provides low-latency and high-bandwidth access to up to 8MB of cached memory in high-frequency designs.


Support Armv7-A extensions

Hardware Virtualization and Large Physical Address Extensions (LPAE) enables the processor to access up to 1TB of memory.


big.LITTLE Technology

Architecturally compatible with Cortex-A7 for an efficient big.LITTLE system using Arm CCI interconnect.


Characteristics

 The Cortex-A17 processor is optimized for maximum performance for mobile mid-range power budgets. With 60% more single thread performance over the Cortex-A9 processor, the Cortex-A17 processor is the fastest mid-range solution available.

Additionally, the Cortex-A17 processor offers 50% performance uplift over Cortex-A9 on NEON and FPU workloads, boosting performance of any code leveraging this capability such as audio and video codecs.

With expected frequencies beyond 2.5GHz in 28nm, the Cortex-A17 processor can be scaled in size to meet a range of different application demands. Topologies are expected to vary depending on the use case due to the malleability of the Cortex-A17 processor.


Related IP

The Cortex-A17 processor can be incorporated into an SoC using a broad range of Arm technology including Graphics IP, System IP, and Physical IP. The Cortex-A17 processor is fully supported by Arm development tools. Related IP includes:

 

Graphic IP
Other IP
Tools

Mali-450 GPU

Mali Display Processors

Mali-V500 Video Processor

CoreLink Interconnect

Interrupt Controllers

CoreLink System Controllers

CoreLink DMC-500 and CoreLink DMC-520

CoreSight SoC-400

POP IP

DS-5 Development Studio

Fixed Virtual Platforms

Development Boards

Arm Compiler

Fast Models

 

Support

Arm training courses and on-site system-design advisory services enable licensees to efficiently integrate the Cortex-A17 processor into their design to realize maximum system performance with lowest risk and fastest time-to-market.

  • Cortex-A17 Technical Reference Manual

    The complete guide for system designers, integrators and programmers working on Cortex-A17 based System-on-Chips.

  • Cortex-A Series Programmer's Guide for Armv7-A

    Common to all Cortex-A series processors, this programmer's guide is useful for assembly and C language application development for Armv7-A.

    Get the Guide
  • Development Tools for Cortex-A

    Arm and our partners provide specialist code generation, debug and analysis tools for software development on Cortex-A series processors, such as DS-5 Development Studio.

    Development Tools

  • Arm Design Reviews

    Arm's on-site design review service gives licensees confidence that their Cortex-A17 CPU is implemented efficiently, to provide maximum system performance, with lowest risk and fastest time-to-market.

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