LG licenses ARM Cortex-A9 ,Cortex-A15 MPCore processors and Mali T-604 GPU

LG has just announced that it has licensed the ARM Cortex-A9 & Cortex-A15 MPCore processors and Mali T-604 GPU. This most probably means that future LG smartphones,tablets, and other multi-media devices will no longer use third-party SoC’s (nVidia Tegra, TI OMAP etc) but LG’s own chips instead. It the case of windows Phone 7(and future versions of WP) LG will still be obliged to use Qualcomm’s certified SoCs.

LG is now in a situation similar to Samsung: both companies will uses their own SoCs on most of their products and will only have to use competitor chipsts when need it (currently Tegra 2 is the only Honeycomb certified chipset for example). This announcement could also mean that LG uses it’s on SoC in future Windows 8 tablets in the future. Full press release after the break:

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,” 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.”