The ARM Cortex-A17 processor is the highest performance ARMv7-A processor.


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.


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™ SoC

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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


Automotive infotainment

Smart TVs


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.


 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
ARM Mali™-450 (GPU)

Mali-DP500 (Display processor)

Mali-V500 (Video Processor)

ARM CoreLink™ CCIs and CCNs (Cache Coherent Interconnect)

CoreLink GIC-400 (Interrupt Controller)

CoreLink MMU-500 (System Memory Management Unit)

CoreLink TZC-400 (ARM TrustZone® Controller)

CoreLink DMC-500 and CoreLink DMC-520 (Dynamic Memory Controller)

ARM CoreSight™ SoC-400 (Debug and Trace)

ARM POP™ (Physical IP)

ARM DS-5 Development Studio

Fixed Virtual Platforms

ARM Versatile™ Express

ARM Compiler 6

ARM Fast Models


ARM training courses and Active Assist 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.

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