LG plans to design its own SoCs for its mobile devices by licensing ARM?s CPU and GPU technologies, a move that could help the company better compete against its rival Samsung electronics.
LG Electronics has licensed the next generation of ARM Cortex-A50 series of central processing unit (CPU) solutions and the next generation of ARM Mali graphics processing units (GPUs).
This agreement builds on an already relationship between LG Electronics and ARM, as LG has previously used both Cortex processors and Mali GPUs in its system-on-chip (SoC) technology. This new agreement will enable LG Electronics to offer a wider range of high-performance SoCs. Launched in October, the Cortex-A50 family bridges the performance requirements of next-generation 32-bit and 64-bit applications. The next generation of the Mali GPUs licensed by LG Electronics will extend the performance capabilities beyond that offered by the Mali-T678 GPU.
"The close interaction between the CPU and GPU becomes increasingly important as solutions transition between the 32-bit and 64-bit world," said Bo-ik Sohn, senior vice president, LG Electronics. "Being able to implement Full Profile GPU Compute in conjunction with ARM big.LITTLE processing configurations will be a key driver to the overall performance and capabilities of our devices."