ARM today announced an enhanced suite of higher performance and more
energy-efficient products specifically designed for the rapidly growing
mid-range mobile and consumer electronics markets. The suite, comprised
of processor, graphics processor and physical IP, is an update to ARM's
mid-range IP offering targeting devices for production in 2015 and
beyond. The combination of the ARM Cortex-A17 processor and the ARM
Mali-T720 GPU gives an enriched offering for mid-range mobile and other
consumer applications such as smart TVs and Over-the-Top media devices.
"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," said Ian Ferguson, vice president of segment marketing,
ARM. "To date, the ARM Partnership has shipped more than 50 billion
ARM-based chips and the continued broadening of our processor family
will enable our partners to further optimize their offerings in existing
and new product categories."
More Performance, Greater Efficiency
The Cortex-A17 processor offers a 60 percent performance improvement
over Cortex-A9 processors, enabling better power and area efficiency
while supporting full-system coherency for ARM big.LITTLE™ processing
using the CoreLink™ CCI-400 Cache Coherent Interconnect. Additional
information on the Cortex-A17 processor can be found here.
The Mali-T720 GPU is a cost-optimized graphics solution targeted at
entry-level Android devices developed to reduce an OEM's manufacturing
complexities and time-to-market. It supports the latest graphics and GPU
computing APIs, including Open GL ES 3.0, OpenCL and RenderScript,
extending the rich visual experience previously found only on today's
high-end smartphones and tablets. More detail on the Mali-T720 GPU can
be found here.
Additionally, the mid-range IP suite includes the Mali-V500 video
solution, a very efficient and compact video processor delivering up to
4K resolutions and when combined with the new Mali-DP500 display
controller, enables security from content to the glass.
Faster Time-To-Market Support
To enable SoC designers to combine their own IP in the most efficient
and effective manner, ARM provides ARM POP™ IP implementation solutions
on 28nm process technology. POP IP for the Cortex-A17 processor includes
core-hardening acceleration technology and delivers 2.0+ GHz
implementations. POP IP for the Mali-T720 GPU enables best-in-class area
efficiency (fps/mm2) and market-leading power efficiency
(fps/mW). It includes a proven RTL-GDS flow to easily reproduce complex
implementations for a faster time to market. More information on POP IP
featuring ARM Artisan® Physical IP can be found here.
"MediaTek is committed to providing the world's most compelling SoC
solutions, and ARM technology builds the ideal foundation for fully
integrated platforms with rich feature sets. The new ARM Cortex-A17
processor combines high performance with cost and efficiency, delivering
an excellent user experience and a premium feature set, making it the
best processing option available to continue our success in the mobile
market," said Johan Lodenius, chief marketing officer, MediaTek.
"As a leader in multimedia SoC solutions, Realtek sees the Cortex-A17
processor as continuing the ARM track record of delivering the right
balance of performance and power to address the demand for new
products," said Jessy Chen, Executive Vice President of Realtek.
"Our rich experience and expertise in ARM SoC architectures, including
Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A12, combined with our core strengths in advanced
wireless telecommunications technologies makes VIA well-positioned to
leverage the mid-range mobile devices opportunity with the ARM
Cortex-A17 processor," said Ker Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of VIA
designs the semiconductor intellectual property and enabling technology
at the heart of the world's advanced digital products. Our energy
efficient and scalable processors deliver the intelligence which is
transforming society; from smartphones and wearable devices, to
enterprise infrastructure and servers, to embedded technology in
automotive, industrial applications and the 'Internet of Things'.
Our technology is licensed by partners who have now shipped more than 50
billion microchips containing ARM processors since the company was
founded in 1990. Together with our Connected Community, we
are breaking down barriers to innovation for developers, designers and
engineers, ensuring a fast, reliable route to market for leading
electronics companies. Join the conversation at http://community.arm.com.
ARM, Artisan and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited.
big.LITTLE, Mali and POP are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands
or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is
used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited;
and the regional subsidiaries ARM Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Limited.; ARM
Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM
Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Norway, AS and
ARM Sweden AB.
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