LG and ARM have announced that the Korean manufacturer licensed ARM’s Cortex-A9, Cortex-A15 MPCore processors as well as the Mali T-604 GPU. Just like with Samsung and its own Exynos, LG is looking forward to including its own chips into future mobile hardware.
This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see or benefit much on the short term: Windows Phone 7 will still need Qualcomm chips as per the Microsoft hardware requirements and tablets will still need nVidia’s Tegra 2 chip. Android smartphones might see the new chips but it’s unlikely as Android is currently not yet optimized for dual-cores. However, LG’s usage plans include digital TV, set top boxes (STB), mobile phones, tablets and smart grids.
LG’s flagship smartphones are operated by third party chips: the LG Optimus 2X is rocking the Tegra 2 SOC and the LG Optimus 3D is operated by a Texas Instruments OMAP processor. We’re looking forward to that mobile phones bit from LG usage plans to see the first LG smartphone with a self-made processor, even more that the world expects A15-powered smartphones in 2012!