The number of devices that use CPUs based on the ARM architecture has been growing rapidly for several years, and the company continues to innovate and improve its products to help keep the momentum going. The Cortex-A17 is the next core in the line of 32-bit cores from the company and it expands on the Cortex-A12, which won't be released until later this year. The company plans to release the new core sometime in 2015 and it will offer "high-end 2013 performance in the 2015 midrange market." The A17 will be built using the 28nm manufacturing process, which may seem ancient by 2015 as 20nm and smaller manufacturing is currently available. By using the larger process and optimizing it, ARM hopes to squeeze the most performance it can out of the technology to offer the most transistors per dollar. ARM anticipates that the A17 will match the A15 in processing power while delivering it with lower power consumption numbers.
Source: Extreme Tech