ARM has unveiled a new mobile processor - the Cortex-A17. It's the successor of the popular Cortex-A9 and offers 60% performance boost and supports big.LITTLE task switching. The latter will allow Cortex-A17 cores to be paired with other Cortex processors, such as the low-power Cortex-A7.
The new architecture can be used for up to quad-core CPUs on its own and OEMs can even add up to four Cortex-A7 cores for an octa-core chip. ARM designed this processor for various devices such as smartphones and tablets, smart TVs, set-top-boxes and even car systems and the company expects to see it embedded in various solutions in 2015.
ARM suggests the manufacturers to use its own Mali-T720 graphics with the Cortex-A17 processor, but this isn't a mandatory requirement so we may as well see it paired with Broadcomm and PowerVR GPUs.
If everything goes right, we'll start seeing Cortex-A17 powered devices in 2015.
If in mid range phone segment, system with 1-2gb RAM using a 64bit architecture will not benefit much i guess. I'm not IT genius, but as i know, for x64 PC system, 64bit OS will use more RAM than 32bit OS system when running in same amount of soft...
Still no 64 bit. So disappoint.
It is quite clear that the performance is A17>15>12>9>8>7>5 in general. A17 will be mid-range processor "in 2015" as the flagship models will be using 64-bit processors.