LG is making its own smartphone chipsets again, new trademark filings suggest

LG is making its own smartphone chipsets again, new trademark filings suggest

Some of you might remember that back in 2014 LG followed in the footsteps of rivals like Samsung and Huawei and launched its own chipset, called NUCLUN. But chances are that you don't, as said chipset only made it to a single, Korea-exclusive device (which also tanked).

And while there were quite a few rumors that the Korean giant wasn't done making its own SoCs just yet, they never really materialized. But this might change soon, judging from two very interesting trademarks LG recently applied for at the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

Named "LG KROMAX Processor" and "LG EPIK Processor," the two filings are both classified with the vague "Chips [integrated circuits]; Multiprocessor chips," which is still a pretty good indicator what the thing hiding behind the name is.

And while there is no guarantee that chipsets under the above names will ever make their way to smartphones — they could be targeting the IoT market, for example — last year Intel officially confirmed it will manufacture LG-made ARM smartphone chips in its factories. According to the same report, the chips will use the current industry standard 10 nm technology, which is also expected to remain in use in next year's flagship processors as well.

Or in other words, unless plans fall through like they seemingly did with the NUCLUN 2, we might see LG start putting in-house processors in its upcoming smartphones fairly soon. But we wouldn't expect those to be flagship chipsets right from the start, though: the original NUCLUN seems like it was a pretty terrible performer, and LG is fairly unlikely to take the risk of equipping a flagship with an untested SoC, even if it's one it built on its own.

Thanks for the tip!

source: TMDN (1, 2), Recode via GSMinfo

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16 Comments

1. ibend67

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2017

And who'll manufacture that chipset? Samsung?

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

LG would manufacture it itself.

4. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

"last year Intel officially confirmed it will manufacture LG-made ARM smartphone chips in its factories". It was right there in the article.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Design or manufacture? I got things mixed up. Sorry.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

LG will design it (presumbly with stock ARM CPU and GPU) And Intel will manufacture it

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Thanks for the heads up.

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yep LG has no feet in the semiconductor business so they can source Intel/GloFo/TSMC/Samsung for manufacturing

3. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I need quick charge so LG dont do it. Samsung did this mistake

13. iushnt

Posts: 3053; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung’s phones charge quite fast. No mistake there.

15. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

2 hours charging time for %100(note8). It is not quick charge.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LG will make good processors and give Samsung a real competition....lol I see there are so many alternative component manufacturers rising up recently giving Samsung some major shills. If others can grab the NAND flash market and OLED display market from them It'd be game over for Samsung.

7. mootu

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Easier said than done though, Samsung are reported to have invested up to $20 billion in building it's oled factories, equiping them and developing the screens. Not many companies have that sort of financial clout and Samsung have a huge head start.

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

"game over Samsung"... dont you say that every year about Samsung?

12. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

That will take at least 15 years lol

9. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

finally ! every OEM should start doing this . screw qualcom ! designing their own chipsets helps huawei achieve incredible performance even with a heavy skin and we all sown how good apple A11 is

11. smajilya

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

LG should design it's own calculator first. Then...

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