LG is making its own smartphone chipsets again, new trademark filings suggest
by Kaloyan C. / Oct 04, 2017, 3:37 AM
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!
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And who'll manufacture that chipset? Samsung?
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 3:42 AM 1
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"last year Intel officially confirmed it will manufacture LG-made ARM smartphone chips in its factories". It was right there in the article.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 4:06 AM 6
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I need quick charge so LG dont do it. Samsung did this mistake
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 4:01 AM 2
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Samsung’s phones charge quite fast. No mistake there.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 7:52 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 4:09 AM 3
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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.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 4:38 AM 0
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