LG Wrestles License from ARM, Eyes Up Mobile Market

Paul Lilly

LG Electronics is looking to be on the move and has turned to ARM to help get them going. A new licensing agreement between the two firms provides LG with access to ARM's Cortex A15 and A9 processors, as well as ARM's Mali T604 GPU and CoreLink interconnect and system IP. Look for LG to use these parts in a whole host of devices, including digital TVs, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablet PCs, and smart grids.

"LG’s relationship with ARM over a number of years has provided significant value to our overall business. In addition, the ARM ecosystem has provided LG with partners to help differentiate our product offering," said Boik Sohn , VP and Head of System IC Center, LG Electronics. "The scalability of ARM processing solutions combined with the software ecosystem will enable smart, open platform systems, and drive connectivity and Web enabled interactions. This new licensing agreement will provide LG with the 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's been tapping into Nvidia's IP for some of its latest products, including the Tegra 2 powered Optimus 2X and Optimus Pad. Texas Instruments provides processing hardware for LG's Optimus 3D. With this new license, LG can now take advantage of ARM's high-end mobile hardware to build its own chips in volume, and is a win-win for both sides, particularly as Intel looks to enter the mobile market.

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