If there's a big winner in the tech world over the past two years, it'd
have to be Apple
. The numbers are just insane. But what about ARM as the
dark horse? ARM remains a relatively unknown name in the consumer
world, but their products are making the gadgets tick for millions of
users. Couple that with the fact that Microsoft
recently revealed that
Windows could run on ARM systems, and you've got a whole mess of
This week, LG Electronics has licensed ARM's processor technology,
providing yet another reason to believe in the brand. The deal provides
access to the high performance, low-power ARM Cortex
processor and Mali GPU families, which includes the Cortex-A15
MPCore and Cortex-A9 MPCore processors, as well as the
ARM Mali-T604 GPU
and ARM CoreLink interconnect and system IP.
Neither company is coming clean on how exactly the partnership will play
out, but it's not hard to guess. LG is moving into the mobile realm in a
huge way, with a spate of smartphones and tablets announced just in the
past few months. We're guessing that a few of their forthcoming
products will be ARM-based, and the folks from Qualcomm and NVIDIA are
likely ready for the competition.
LG Electronics Licenses ARM Processor Technology to Drive Platform Strategy in Home and Mobile Markets
Comprehensive license agreement reinforces strategic partnership with access to latest semiconductor IP, including ARM® Cortex-A15 MPCore™ processor and ARM® Mali™-T604 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ARM today announced a new licensing agreement with LG Electronics that provides access to the high performance, low-power ARM® Cortex™ processor and ARM® Mali™ GPU families. This includes the Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A9 MPCore processors, as well as the ARM Mali-T604 GPU and ARM CoreLink™ interconnect and system IP. The comprehensive license will reinforce LG Electronics’ already strong technology leadership and will be used to drive the company’s platform strategy in applications that include digital TV, set top boxes (STB), mobile phones, tablets and smart grids.
“LG’s relationship with ARM over a number of years has provided significant value to our overall business. In addition, the ARM ecosystem has provided LG with partners to help differentiate our product offering”
"LG’s relationship with ARM over a number of years has provided significant value to our overall business. In addition, the ARM ecosystem has provided LG with partners to help differentiate our product offering," said Boik Sohn, VP and Head of System IC Center, LG Electronics. "The scalability of ARM processing solutions combined with the software ecosystem will enable smart, open platform systems, and drive connectivity and web enabled interactions. 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."
LG, who first licensed ARM technology in 1995, has incorporated ARM processors across its product lines, from handsets to Digital TVs.
"Working with technology leaders, such as LG Electronics, has helped ARM to develop the most advanced, energy efficient processors for use in key markets, such as home and mobile computing," said Ian Drew, Executive Vice President of Marketing, ARM. "With access to the latest ARM IP, LG will be well positioned to maintain its technology leadership and drive innovation in display technology and smart connected devices."