Maybe part of the reason NVIDIA was reportedly having so much trouble getting manufacturers signed up to use the Tegra 4 is that more and more companies are getting into the custom SoC game themselves. Samsung has been doing just that for years, and Huawei uses its own chips, too; we’re now hearing that LG will be next to follow down that path.
LG officials have confirmed that the company has designed what it’s calling its Odin chip, an eight-core design in the vein of Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa, featuring an ARM big.LITTLE architecture. LG will reportedly contract TSMC to actually fabricate the chips, which could be ready to be used in devices sometime in the second half of the year.
Of course, Samsung is rumored to have hit some power consumption issues with its own A15 chips, so we wonder if LG, being so new to the game, might face the same type of problems while being less able to compensate for them. In any case, these chips, and the smartphones that will feature them, are still months and months away, so the company may have plenty of time to get everything working in harmony.
The Optimus G II should be the first LG model to run an Odin chip. Plans are to have it ready to demo in time for IFA 2013.