LG has announced its intention to begin development on mobile processors of their own based around the ARM Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A15 platforms. The company’s current line of smartphones and their LG Optimus Pad feature chips based on the same architecture but produced by third party vendors such as NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. While it hasn’t hurt LG’s smartphone development, it still leaves the electronics manufacturer a step behind their largest competitor, Samsung — a company that has been producing their own ARM chips for quite some time now.
While Cortex-A9 is the foundation for pretty much every high-end mobile processor we see today, the A15 platform was only recently made available to OEMs and promises to be the wave of the future when it launches in late 2012. The Korean manufacturer will couple their A15 chip with ARM’s Mali-T604 graphics processor. LG might be late to the A9 game but they should be at the forefront of A15 development.