ARM unveils Cortex-A17 processor, Mali-T720 GPU and Mali-V500 video processor
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ARM announced yesterday a suite of new products that provide higher performance and increased efficiency while keeping the costs low. This suite consists of a processor, a graphics processor and a physical IP solution. This update to ARM's mid-range offering aims at "devices for production in 2015 and beyond."
"We expect to see a rich set of innovation in the mid-range mobile phone segment which is forecast to become a half a billion unit market annually from 2015 and the Cortex-A17 processor will be a key component in that growth." says Ian Ferguson, ARM's vice president of segment marketing. MediaTek already announced that the MT6595 processor which uses Cortex-A17 cores will be comercially available before 2015 and the first devices powered by it will arrive in the second half of 2014.
The Cortex-A17 processor provides increased efficiency and is 60 percent more powerful than the Cortex-A9, also "supporting full-system coherency for ARM big.LITTLE(TM) processing using the CoreLink(TM) CCI-400 Cache Coherent Interconnect."
The new GPU for entry-level Android devices dubbed Mali-T720 comes with support for the latest graphics APIs, including Open GL ES 3.0, RenderScript, OpenCL and even DirectX. Compared to the ARM Mali-T600 Series, the T720 has a simplified layout and smaller die size, both leading to a decreased time-to-market while maintaining a high level of performance.
In addition to the Mali-T720 graphics processor, the IP suite includes the Mali-V500, which is "a very efficient and compact video processor delivering up to 4K resolutions" and works together with the new Mali-DP500 display controller to provide enhanced security "from content to the glass." For more details, please check the press release below.