LG signs licensing deal with chip designer ARM

LG Electronics has signed a license agreement with ARM to gain access to Cortex processors and Mali graphics cards, enhancing the company's product line in the smartphone, tablet and digital TV markets.

The deal will see LG making use of the Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A9 MPCore CPUs and Mali-T604 GPU, as well as ARM's CoreLink interconnect and system IP.

“The scalability of ARM processing solutions combined with the software ecosystem will enable smart, open platform systems, and drive connectivity and web enabled interactions,” said Boik Sohn, VP and head of the System IC Centre at LG.

With the smartphone and tablet markets booming and the smart TV market set to take off, it appears that LG is putting much of its weight behind launching new products in these sectors. General TV sales have suffered recently, particularly since the Japanese earthquake, but the company can make up lost ground in other markets thanks to its partnership with ARM.

LG previously licensed ARM technology in 1995 and has incorporated the Brit chip shop's processors into its mobile phones and digital TVs.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.