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

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

FEATURED VIDEO

21 Comments

1. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

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

4. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

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

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

16. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

20. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 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.

12. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

21. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Yes. LG is the fastest growing, so?

14. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

We are talking about LG here not Samsung.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

3. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 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

5. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

6. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

9. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

what's wrong with the Exynos chips?

15. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

17. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

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??

18. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

19. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

LG don't sue me!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.