Taipei, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 14:55 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
19°C
Digitimes Research: Cortex-A17 to take over ARM high-end/mid-range 32-bit business
Eric Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Tuesday 4 March 2014]

Digitimes Research considers ARM's new Cortex-A17 and existing Cortex-A12 processors to be basically the same based on their architectures, except for the Cortex-A17's support for big.LITTLE architecture. As to why ARM created the Cortex-A17, Digitimes Research believes the chip designer is trying to prompt its clients to adopt the platform while its 64-bit architecture becomes mature in order to provide consumers with an optimized usage experience. The Cortex-A17 is inferior to the Cortex-A15 in terms of compute performance, but the processor has a friendlier price and lower power consumption compared to the Cortex-A15.

In addition, the release of the Cortex-A17 also marked the end of ARM's 32-bit product development. In the future, ARM will have the Cortex-A17 handle its mid-range and high-end 32-bit processor business and leave the Cortex-A7 in charge of the entry-level 32-bit processor business. Processors released prior to the Cortex-A15 will all gradually be phased out, with new processors being developed to natively use a 64-bit architecture.

Although the Cortex-A17 is mainly looking to fill the Cortex-A12's missing big.LITTLE architecture with a slight compute performance improvement through enhancing some memory management systems, Digitimes Research still believes the Cortex-A17 will be the best solution before the arrival of the 64-bit Android era due to its advantages in power consumption and price/performance ratio despite its inferior in compute performance against the Cortex-A15.

For ARM, even once 64-bit systems has become available, over 2-3 years will still be required before the 64-bit architecture becomes standardized and starts contributing benefits. Initially, besides the development of high-end 64-bit hardware, ARM is expected to spare some of its focus to the performance of 32-bit product lines and the release of the Cortex-A17 is meant to avoid the weak performance of its entry-level hardware such as the Cortex-A53 from affecting its competitiveness in the market.

Topics: Page 2

Realtime news
  • Taiwan mobile payments ecosystem lacking despite mature NFC supply chain

    Mobile + telecom | 7min ago

  • Baidu quits Japan online search market

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:38

  • Over 71 million handsets shipped in China market in January-February, says CAICT

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:35

  • 32-inch TV panel pricing expected to drop US$2-3 during late April

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:34

  • Motech Industries suffers net loss for 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:30

  • HTC to reportedly launch in-car wireless device

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:29

  • Novatek 1Q15 sales disappoint

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:29

  • 4K display revenues to grow 94% in 2015

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:28

  • Taiwan chipmakers unaffected by earthquake

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:28

  • Inotera buys equipment from Canon

    Before Going to Press | Apr 20, 21:26

Pause
 | 
View more

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2015

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 10, 15:57

The server market did not perform well in 2014 though rising demand from Internet data centers (IDCs) and China brands helped global shipments (measured by motherboards) grow 7.1% to 10.4 million. Using this as the base for growth, in 2015 the market is expected...

How China is shaping the LTE/TD-LTE market in 2015

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Apr 9, 15:42

Digitimes Research estimates that the global LTE market doubled in size to 445 million users in 2014 and we further forecast that annual growth in the number of LTE users will remain above 70% between 2015-2016, with the overall market reaching 1.466 billion...

Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 4Q 2014

TAIWAN LCD PANEL | Feb 17, 11:23

Taiwan-based makers saw their large-size TFT LCD panel shipments increase on year in fourth-quarter 2014, driven largely by demand for TV applications. But they are facing growing competition from China-based and Korea-based makers who are ramping up new production...

Taiwan LCD TVs – 4Q 2014

TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Feb 17, 11:07

Taiwan's LCD TV makers saw significant increases in shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 thanks to strong seasonal demand, as well as Foxconn's shipments to Mexico to fulfill government procurement orders.

Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 4Q 2014

TAIWAN LCD PANEL | Feb 16, 15:11

Major Taiwan-based suppliers of small- to medium-size LCD panels changed their production strategies in fourth-quarter 2014 as the industry entered the slow season amid sluggish demand for smartphone applications and rising competition from China-based rivals...

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2015
2015 global tablet demand forecast
Analysis of China revised domestic semiconductor industry goals
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.