The ARM Cortex-A17 is a 32-bit processor core implementing the ARMv7-A architecture, licensed by ARM Holdings. Providing up to four cache-coherent cores, it serves as the successor to the Cortex-A9 and replaces the previous ARM Cortex-A12 specifications.[2] ARM claims that the Cortex-A17 core provides 60% higher performance than the Cortex-A9 core, while reducing the power consumption by 20% under the same workload.[1]

ARM Cortex-A17
Designed byARM Holdings
Cores1–4, can be combined with less powerful A7 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration[1]
L1 cache
  • 32–64 KiB instruction
  • 32 KiB data[1]
L2 cache256 KiB–8 MiB[1] (configurable L2 cache controller)
PredecessorARM Cortex-A12
ARM Cortex-A9

ARM renamed Cortex-A12 to a variant of Cortex-A17 since the second revision of the A12 core in early 2014, because these two were indistinguishable in performance and all features available in the A17 were used as upgrades in the A12.[3][4]

New features of the Cortex-A17 specification, not found in the Cortex-A9 specification, are all improvements from the third-generation ARM Cortex-A, which also includes the Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15:[3]

Modern Linux kernel implementations will report and support the above features thus :

processor       : 3
model name      : ARMv7 Processor rev 1 (v7l)
BogoMIPS        : 48.00
Features        : half thumb fastmult vfp edsp thumbee neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4 idiva idivt vfpd32 lpae evtstrm 
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant     : 0x0
CPU part        : 0xc0d
CPU revision    : 1

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  1. ^ a b c d e Nathan Kirsch (February 11, 2014). "ARM Cortex-A17 To Have 60% More Performance Than Cortex-A9 Processor". Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "ARM Cortex-A17 Processor". 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Anand Lal Shimpi (February 11, 2014). "ARM Cortex A17: An Evolved Cortex A12 for the Mainstream in 2015". AnandTech. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Stefan Rosinger (October 1, 2014). "ARM Cortex-A17 / Cortex-A12 processor update".
  5. ^ Anand Lal Shimpi (July 17, 2013). "The ARM Diaries, Part 2: Understanding the Cortex A12". AnandTech. Retrieved February 13, 2015.

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