LG wants indigenous next-gen ARM chips

ARM and LG have clinched a new licensing agreement that will offer the latter company access to the Cortex-A15 MPCore, Cortex-A9 MPCore, Mali T604 GPU and CoreLink interconnect.

Future (indigenous) ARM-based processors designed by LG are slated to be deployed in various platforms, including digital TVs, set top boxes (STB), smartphones, tablets and smart grids.

“The scalability of ARM processing solutions combined with the software ecosystem will enable smart, open platform systems, and drive connectivity and web enabled interactions,” explained LG exec Boik Sohn.

“This new licensing agreement will provide [us] with next generation processor technology that will allow us to maintain leadership in display enabled connected devices, such as smart digital TV’s and smart phones, and drive our platform strategy.”

LG, which first licensed ARM technology in 1995, has incorporated ARM processors across various product lines for years, from handsets to digital TVs.

Interestingly enough, LG currently uses Nvidia’s ARM-based Tegra 2 in a number of its smartphone and tablet devices.

Although the Tegra 2 is quite a powerful chip, LG is clearly planning to keep its options open for next-gen devices.

An indigenously designed ARM processor could help the company keep costs down, while allowing it more maneuverability in terms of product launch cycles and specs.