"Those changes in the process technology permit changes in the underlying processor design," Brookwood said.
The Cortex-A17 will support the 28-nanometer manufacturing process employed by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) and GlobalFoundries, the top two contract chip manufacturers. The companies are also responsible for making most of the ARM chips used in mobile devices.
Mobile devices are also moving toward 64-bit computing, but the Cortex-A17 is 32-bit. ARM has already introduced the 64-bit Cortex-A57 and A53 cores, but there will be demand for 32-bit midrange mobile devices in the coming years, an ARM spokesman said.
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