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.