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LG’s homemade Odin processor 'to enter mass production soon,' but LG won't risk it on the G3

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LG’s homemade Odin processor 'to enter mass production soon,' but LG won't risk it on the G3
LG has been rumored to create a system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on ARM architectures for exactly three years now. The project even got a name and a release date not long ago, speculated to be called Odin, and featuring a big.LITTLE configuration with four powerful 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15s, and four frugal Cortex-A7s, clocked at 1.7 GHz maximums. The Koreans are claimed to task TSMC with the production of Odin, which will use the tried-and-true 28 nm manufacturing process.

Said rumors have been swirling around before the original Optimus G, but didn't materialize neither for the G or G2, nor for the G Pad 8.3. Well, if Korean publications are to be trusted, LG won't be having a homebrew chipset in the G3 either, despite that the SoC is allegedly "expected to enter mass production soon." LG was reportedly having issues with the final design, as it wanted to internalize the development, and not base the SoC on Qualcomm Snapdragon processing, breaking away from the initial plans. LG apparently decided to probe the new Odin concept on lower-end phones first, rather than take a risk with the G3 flagship, so it might infuse some much-needed competition in the mobile chipset space in the second half of the year.

source: ETNews

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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:22 7

1. Jishnusur (Posts: 72; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


This is called strategy. Later they introduce 2 models of the G3 with different processors and slightly different price points. Lg FTW! :D

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:52 4

4. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


I doubt that. Their sales are too low to do things like what Samsung did.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:22 2

7. Finalflash (Posts: 1735; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Samsung only does that because their own in house baseband chips don't support the north american frequencies (patents I assume). So they have to use their exynos chips and such for international phones only. LG can possibly use this SoC on their own phones but they would also have to likely use QC for north america if they did.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:14 1

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


They've used Exynos chips in their U.S devices before. The original Galaxy S, some Galaxy S2 variants (Sprint and AT&T), and the Galaxy Note 2 are some examples. The reason they don't use Exynos chips everywhere is because they don't have enough manufacturing capacity to supply their entire Galaxy S and Note series with them all around the world, they just can't make enough, especially when they have to manufacture Apple's chips too.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:48

20. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


The reasons are because Samsung wants to have more control of their own phone (they need to make their own chip because they know they need it to power their products, remember they made not only smartphones & tablets, they even make tv box, chromebook, etc2), especially in countries where LTE isn't necessary. And because they can't keep up with the production if they only use in-house SoC, thus they used Qualcomm that is already known in countries that have LTE.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:36

12. thunder18 (Posts: 114; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


Oh really?
http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-is-the-fastest-growing-Android-manufacturer-in-the-U.S.-states-report_id54572

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:52

21. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Yes. LG is the fastest growing, so?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 10:02

14. lallolu (Posts: 230; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


We are talking about LG here not Samsung.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:28

2. iushnt (Posts: 635; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


So now lg low end phone would have an awesome processor..

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:28

3. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


im sure that G3 posses the Mediatek's Powerful Octacore processor. may be a variant of Snapdragon 801/805 too :)
intresting to see with which device LG Odin is going to be released

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:59

5. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


MT 6595 will probably be faster than Snapdragon 805. It's set to use 4xA17 cores at 2.2GHz which are as fast as 4xS4 (krait) cores at 2.7GHz (which will be what S805 will use), but additional to those it will use 4 A7 cores which would catapult its Antutu scores close to mid 40000.

I doubt Snapdragon will post such performance, either in real life applications or benchmarks. Unless Qualcomm is readying something to blow us out of the water they should be ready to be a follower rather than a leader in performance (and possibly sales).

Good move from LG to choose the new kings of performance.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:22 1

6. realjjj (Posts: 89; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


"and not base the SoC on Qualcomm Snapdragon processing, breaking away from the initial plans. LG apparently decided to probe the new Odin concept on lower-end phones first,"

lol you really have no clue at all what you are writing about.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:26

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Mediatek, with broadcom for LTE?
That would seem silly.
Snapdragon has that all nicely wrapped up. No extra licences needed.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:41 2

9. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Just hope they don't do what Samsung did with their crappy Exynos line of chips.
Selling the Exynos variants of Galaxy S & Note series in Asian Countries which had several disadvantages.
Equipping The G3 with the Snapdragon 805 chip all over the world should be LG's objective.
Justice will be done to a Flagship.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:40 1

13. Jason2k13 (Posts: 642; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


what's wrong with the Exynos chips?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:08 1

15. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


laggy pos. benchmarks are OK, but they lagged far more often than the snapdragon versions.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 16:12

17. galanoth (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


My note pro 12.2 and tab pro 8.4 have identical performance.
And that's exynos v snapdragon.
5410 wasn't as good but 5420 and higher are on parity.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:45

10. loveHEAVYMETAL (unregistered)


why Odin soc featuring four 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15s, and four 1.7Ghz Cortex-A7s? why not the A53 and A57?? LG,What Are You Doing??

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 16:19

18. renz4 (Posts: 228; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


above article mention about LG has been doing this since 3 years ago. most likely the decision to use 32 bit ARM core was made during that time. thanks to Apple 64 bit approach with their iphone 5s everyone in soc player now are rushing to have 64 bit soc. even qualcomm have to use vanilla ARM core for their 64 bit soc right now. and remember this is LG first attempt to make their very own SoC. if they scrapped the initial design and opting for 64 bit core then Odin will be delayed further. so it is better just keep the design and learn more about refining their own SoC over time.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:15

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


My guess, as LG is usually a leader with soc usage, is that the G3 comes with the 805.
They have a strong history of procuring the best on first runs of production unlike HTC.
They were first to use a 1ghz snapdragon, on wm yet, then dual core etc.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 03:36

19. Odiin (Posts: 224; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


LG don't sue me!

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