While Samsung’s Exynos business seems to be gaining a lot of grip, LG is apparently not giving up on the idea of building in-house processors either. Sadly though, LG’s first attempt at creating its own chipset didn’t work out too well and we all know the disappointment that followed NUCLUN’s debut last year.
However, a new report from Korea suggests that despite the failure experienced with the NUCLUN, LG is still planning on becoming a noteworthy player in the AP market. Allegedly, the Korean tech giant is now working on a new high-end chip, which seems to employ ARM’s recently announced Cortex-A72 CPU.
LG Might be Working on a New High-End Chip
According to industry sources from Korea, after the fiasco that followed the NUCLUN’s debut on the LG G3 Screen, LG has entertained the idea of creating another in-house AP, which should’ve been a Snapdragon 810 equivalent. Some details have been lost in translation, but from what we understand this chipset was supposed to feature 4x Cortex-A57 cores alongside a Cortex-A53 quad-core unit. Apparently though, the SoC was eventually scrapped due to technical issues which presumably led to overheating.
While the second chipset seems to have been cancelled for good, LG is now reportedly working on a third CPU, which will be aimed at the high-end market. The SoC will apparently use 4 Cortex-A72 cores (known by the codename “Maya”) and an additional 4 Cortex-A53 cores. The source claims that the CPU will be accompanied by an unspecified Mali graphics chip, but given the presence of a Cortex-A72 processor we could take a wild guess and assume that the GPU will be a next-gen Mali-T880.
The CPU will apparently be built by TSMC on a 20nm process, and although we don’t have a concrete release date to share, the CPU was apparently pushed back 6 months – whatever that may imply since we don’t have a steady frame of reference. However, because ARM’s Cortex-A72 processor is meant for the 2016 mobile market, we can safely say that LG’s upcoming high-end SoC will not debut by the end of 2015.
We’ll keep you up to speed as soon as we find out more about LG’s plans on the AP market so stay tuned.