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.