LG and Intel have allegedly joined hands to develop a mobile SoC

LG and Intel have allegedly joined hands to develop a mobile SoC
Just like Samsung, its crosstown rival, LG is a smartphone maker that actually makes a lot of the components that go inside its handsets, ranging from the displays to the batteries. Unlike Samsung, however, LG doesn't have too much experience with designing its own chipsets. 

Although the company tried its luck at making a smartphone SoC last year with the LG Nuclun, the company's first smartphone SoC is widely considered a flop in terms of both performance and power consumption. In this context, we'd like to talk about a recent rumor from LG's home country of South Korea according to which LG has joined hands with Intel to make a smartphone SoC.

The report, quoting anonymous industry insiders, says that LG and Intel have been in talks since earlier this year, but have recently taken their collaboration to the next step and debuted joint development. Unfortunately, the report doesn't mention any other details about the extent of this partnership between Intel and LG. In particular, we're most interested in learning if the Intel-LG partnership involves the upcoming LG Nuclun 2 or a new mobile chip series altogether.

This is not the first time that we're hearing about Intel and LG joining forces when it comes to making a mobile SoC. Just recently, we've covered a rumor that claimed that the LG Nuclun 2 got delayed as LG wants to integrate an Intel’s XMM 7360 LTE-A radio. Even further back, reports coming out of Asia claimed that the chip might be manufactured on either TSMC's 16nm or Intel's 14nm node technologies. 

As with all rumors, make sure to maintain a dose of skepticism regarding the information brought forward by this report. We're keeping an eye out for more details and we'll get back to you as soon as new information is available.

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32 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

It can't beat Samsung Korea tho

6. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Funny how LG still thinks Samsung is their rival ... LG never works with Samsung

10. BORIS070

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

SAMSUNG TROLL DETECTED

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If Intel focuses on mobile SoCs more it can beat Samsung pretty easily

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ye that response of mine was to LG...but oh man if Intel focuses more on mobile chipsets, the catch up wouldn't be a problem no doubt.

24. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Who knows... Apple and Samsung with the help of ARM are very strong competitors.

30. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Apple uses intel in their products!!

25. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Intel has already been trying to corner the mobile SoC market with a variety of SoCs. It isn't as easy as you think.

29. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

hehe you've spoken as much as U know, intel broh!! the only purest microprocessor maker in the world, before U speak!!! this is coming from a guy who owns fx8350 and GTX680! (if know what I am talking about) so 0 bias from me papa, I which the best from every single chip manufacture, hopping the fast recovery of AMD and let the competition continue!!! technology is nothing without competition!! think a little bit more!

2. maddy996

Posts: 123; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

If their partnership goes well they can beat anyone...

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Intel slowly paving the way to the x86-compatible SmartPhone > then we have legit pocket PCs > then the Surface Phone paves the way with Continuum... Go Intel, Go Intel...

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Itel socs get hotter and demand on battery. They still need to improve the efficiency to be widely accepted in mobile phones

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

True, and that's really showing in this Asus Zenfone 2 review (http://goo.gl/viVOXI)...hopefully that changes soom or Panos Panay invents some new innovative solution, just like he did to take care of that Snapdragon oven in the Lumias 950s; liquid cooling in a SmartPhone.

16. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

All Intel SoCs already support Windows (ie the Asus Zenfone 2 can have Windows 7 (Full) installed.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

yup, the only limitation now is the core of win10 seeing it as a wrong screen size and forcing the mobile version instead of tablet. though I don't think it would be hard for MS to put code in that recognizes its in continuum mode and allow x86 app to run. I would think the device would need 4GB of Ram to run properly. Win10 runs on my 1gb and 2gb tablets just fine.

4. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

If this becomes true, this SoC will be one of the best in the market

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

In theory Intel should already have the mobile market by now. What's taking them so long and why would they need LG? Their name is already bigger than LG's in the chip world.

7. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

probably they want to sell their modem to LG.

14. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Intel dominates the laptop and pc cpu world. The problem is that they would have to invest a lot in mobile if they want to compete against qualcomm and the others. It's much easier to work together with someone who is already in deep works on this platform (lg nucleon etc)

20. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Good soc(intel)+ best phone(lg)= win?

8. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

LG used to rival Samsung with LG semi conductors during the 90's. When the Asian financial crisis occurred, Then President Kim forced LG to sell it's chip business to rival Hyundai electronics despite the strong protest from LG. It did not make any sense to many since LG was more electronics chaebol than Hyundai ever was (more into heavy industries, construction and automobiles). Many speculated that President Kim favored Hyundai and gave them as some gift in return for Hyundai's aggressive role and support in government's Pro North Korea peace policy - so called "Sun shine policy". Hyundai electronics which merged with LG later day became what is Hynix, went bankrupt and SK purchased the company and finally became SK Hynix which is today. It was obvious Hyundai could not run the chip business as well as LG. Later it was told LG CEO Mr. Koo cried after he was forced to sell the chip division, which was a legacy of his father. We can only say that it must be LG's destiny and never ceasing ambition to come back to chip business one day.

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

woah... +1

23. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Holy sh*t my first PA history lesson! Well done 1+

26. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Thanks for an informative, high quality post!

28. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

oh wow, first time seeing a post so informative, BRAVO !

31. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Good to know man!

12. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Can't wait for the day we can finally say goodbye to iOS and Android along with their crappy software library filled with shovelwares and zero AAA software.

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

And use what, the next OS "with their crappy software library filled with shovelwares and zero AAA software"? Don't be such a luddite

18. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I think he is suggesting Microsoft will save us all with Windows because it is the only true productivity OS...which is utter hogwash. It's like the trite argument that only Microsoft-loaded PCs are used for "real work," when in reality, that paradigm started shifting years ago. Yes, some work can only be done on a PC, but as that market keeps contracting and mobile gets more powerful and more ubiquitous, you will see the software landscape shift with it.

15. Shocky unregistered

Intel could dominate this market if they wanted too, they might just do it out of boredom as they lack competition in the desktop market.

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