GCC 5 Adds Support For ARM's Cortex-A17
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 28 November 2014 at 08:51 AM EST. 3 Comments
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While back in October LLVM/Clang added Cortex-A17 CPU support, as of this morning the GCC 5 SVN code supports the A17 ARM CPU cores.

The Cortex-A17 is an evolutionary step over the Cortex-A12 that it will replace and is meant as the real successor to the widely-used Cortex-A9. The A17 is aiming to be found in mid-range devices in 2015. The Cortex-A17 is supposed to offer around 60% better performance over the Cortex-A9 while boasting greater energy efficiency, support big.LITTLE designs in conjunction with the Cortex-A7, etc. The Cortex-A17 is still a 32-bit ARMv7 processor and over the Cortex-A9 it's a big upgrade with its hardware virtualization support, LPAE addressing, big.LITTLE capability, and VFPv4.

With a commit made today to mainline GCC, the Cortex-A17 is now fully supported by the GNU Compiler Collection. The mcpu entry for the new ARM multi-core processor is cortex-a17.
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