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LG Electronics Licences ARM Cortex A15

LG Electronics has announced this morning that it has signed a broad-ranging licensing agreement with UK-based ARM, which covers the ARM Cortex A15 MPCore, the Cortex-A9 MP, the ARM Mali-T604 GPU and ARM CoreLink interconnect and system IP.

The Korean manufacturer has already been an ARM licensee since 1995, but that announcement extends LG's remit far beyond the previous agreement. More significantly, it puts LG Electronics almost on a par with its arch-rival Samsung Electronics, whose smartphones use the homegrown Hummingbird and Exynos range.

LG's VP and Head of System IC Center, Boik Sohn, commented, "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."

The renewed vows between the two companies means that future LG smartphones and tablets will almost certainly feature LG-designed system on chips just like Samsung.

This is likely to hit manufacturers like Texas Instruments and Nvidia who currently provide SoCs for LG's Optimus 2x, 3D and G-Slate series. This highlights a potential trend where the rest of the handset manufacturers like Motorola and Nokia would get their own licenses, shutting out Qualcomm and the like.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.