Apple A17 Pro
General information
LaunchedSeptember 12, 2023
Designed byApple Inc.
Common manufacturer(s)
Product codeAPL1V02
Max. CPU clock rateto 3.78 GHz[2] 
Cache
L2 cache16 MB (performance cores)
4 MB (efficiency cores)
L4 cache24 MB (system level cache)
Architecture and classification
ApplicationMobile
Technology node3 nm (N3B)
Microarchitecture"Everest" and "Sawtooth"
Instruction setARMv8.6-A[3]
Physical specifications
Transistors
  • 19 billion
Cores
  • 6 (4 efficiency, 2 performance)[4]
Memory (RAM)
  • 8GB
GPU(s)Apple-designed 6-core GPU[4]
History
Predecessor(s)Apple A16

The Apple A17 Pro is a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip (SoC) designed by Apple Inc. and manufactured by TSMC.[5] It is used in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models only[2][6] and is the first widely available SoC to be built on a 3nm process.[7][8]

Design

The Apple A17 Pro features an Apple-designed 64-bit six-core CPU with two high-performance cores running at 3.78 GHz, and four energy-efficient cores running at 2.11 GHz.[2] Apple claims the new high-performance cores are 10% faster due to its improved branch prediction, and wider decode & execution engines, and the new energy-efficient cores are faster and 3x more efficient than the competition.[6] The amount of RAM has increased from 6 GB to 8 GB.[9]

The A17 Pro integrates a new Apple-designed six-core GPU, which Apple claims is 20% faster and their biggest redesign in the history of Apple GPUs, with added hardware accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading support. The 16-core Neural Engine is now capable of 35 trillion operations per second. The A17 Pro also added support for AV1 decoding and USB 3.2 Gen 2 (est. up to 10 Gbit/s / 1.25 GBps).[10] The A17 Pro contains 19 billion transistors, a 19% increase from the A16's transistor count of 16 billion, and is fabricated by TSMC on their 3 nm N3B process.[6]

Products that include the Apple A17 Pro

Comparison of A15, A16 and A17

Variant CPU
cores (P+E)*
GPU
cores
GPU
EU
Graphics
ALU
Neural Engine
cores
Memory (GB) Transistor
count
A15 Bionic 5nm 5 (2+3) 5 80 640 16 4 15 billion
6 (2+4) 4 64 512
5 80 640 4–6
A16 Bionic 4nm 6 (2+4) 5 80 640 6 16 billion
A17 Pro 3nm 6 (2+4) 6 96 768 8 19 billion

See also

References

  1. ^ Friedman, Alan (12 September 2023). "Apple introduces the first 3nm smartphone chipset, the A17 PRO, for the iPhone 15 Pro models". PhoneArena. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Apple A17 Pro chipset appears on Geekbench, performance cores clocked at 3.78GHz". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  3. ^ "llvm-project/llvm/include/llvm/TargetParser/AArch64TargetParser.h at main · llvm/llvm-project · GitHub". GitHub. 30 November 2023. Retrieved 30 November 2023.
  4. ^ a b Lardinois, Frederic (12 September 2023). "Apple launches the A17 Pro chip with a completely redesigned GPU". TechCrunch. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max" (Press release). Cupertino, California: Apple Inc. 2023-09-12. Archived from the original on 2023-09-12. Retrieved 2023-09-12.
  6. ^ a b c Bonshor, Ryan Smith, Gavin. "The Apple 2023 Fall iPhone Event Live Blog (Starts at 10am PT/17:00 UTC)". www.anandtech.com. Retrieved 2023-09-17.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Hill, Brandon; published, Andrew E. Freedman (2023-09-12). "Apple's A17 Pro Is a 3nm Chip Powering iPhone 15 Pro, Pro Max". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2024-01-02.
  8. ^ "Apple A17 Pro performance review: How fast is Apple's new 3nm chip?". www.hardwarezone.com.sg. Retrieved 2024-01-02.
  9. ^ https://9to5mac.com/2023/09/15/a17-pro-vs-a16-bionic-comparison/
  10. ^ "Charge and connect with the USB-C connector on your iPhone 15 - Apple Support". September 13, 2023.
Preceded byApple A16 Bionic Apple A17 Pro 2023 Succeeded byTBD