Cortex-A17 Overview

The ARM Cortex-A17 processor is the highest performant ARMv7-A processor.  The 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 Cortex-A17 processor includes the latest ARMv7-A features as virtualization support, Large Physical Addressing Extension (LPAE), NEON and 128-bit ACE interface, enabling big.LITTLETM  system with Cortex-A7.

  • Cortex-A17 Technical Reference Manual

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

    Technical Reference Manual
  • 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


Architecture ARMv7-A
Multicore 1-4x Symmetrical Multiprocessing (SMP) within a single processor cluster, and multiple coherent SMP processor clusters using 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

Key Features

Out-of-order 11+ stage pipeline

Fully out-of-order pipeline with increased issuing capabilities for higher performance. It includes a 128-bit data path.

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.

Cortex-A17 Performance Relative to Cortex-A9

Cortex-A17 Performance Relative to Cortex-A9

Cortex-A17 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.