Report: LG Electronics working on its second mobile processor

by: Rob TriggsNovember 27, 2015
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LG is gearing up to go up against Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung with its second mobile application processor, according to industry sources. LG’s Nuclun 2 SoC, as the chip is known, could make an appearance in a future flagship LG smartphone.

According to the source, the Nuclun 2 will be an octa-core design based on ARM’s Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 CPU cores, with clock speeds set at 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz respectively. LG Electronics is said to be working with Intel’s 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and TSMC’s similar 16nm technology, either of which would be a notable improvement over the 28nm process used for its first chip.

LG launched its first application processor, the octa-core Nuclun 1, back in 2014. The SoC made its début inside LG’s G3 Screen smartphone and was designed to make the most of high speed LTE-A networks in South Korea. Although the processor didn’t quite compete with other chips in terms of performance at the time, LG is said to be targeting its Nuclun 2 at its premium smartphones.

LG is most likely continuing to develop its own application processors so that it can reduce its dependency on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series. This would afford LG greater flexibility with its design and performance optimizations, while also potentially allowing the company to generate additional revenue per smartphone in the long run.

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Furthermore, as Qualcomm is expected to use Samsung’s FinFET production line with its Snapdragon 820, LG is unlikely to want to rely on one of its main electronics rivals. Speaking of which, Samsung has similarly managed to reduce its dependency on Qualcomm with its Exynos series of mobile processors and can also leverage its cutting edge manufacturing facilities.

It’s not clear if LG will opt for Intel’s or TSMC’s process. The decision will likely boil down to which company offers the most stable design and the highest performance.

  • Aniket Deshmukh

    Intel can manufacture ARM cores?

  • Steve Brain

    Hopefully LG do well with this and incorporate it into their future handsets. Loving my G4 and it would be nice not to have to rely on Qualcomm for their “not over-heating SoC’s”

    • Karly Johnston

      All of the big.little chips overheat including the Exynos. It is ARMs fault for making such a crap architecture.

      • Steve Brain

        If that were true the Exynos 7420 would over heat, which it does not.

        • Karly Johnston

          According to Google it is a common problem.

          • Steve Brain

            According to Google Star Wars is actually a porn movie. Don’t believe everything you read on the net. I’ve had real-life experience with the S6 (Exynos 7420), Oneplus 2 (SD810), Oneplus One (SD801), LG G4 (SD808) and others. The only ones I’ve had a problem with overheating (starting to burn my hand and cause FPS stuttering) was the Oneplus 2. First thing I do when I get a phone is to benchmark it repeatedly and play some games immediately afterwards, if it starts to hurt my hands then it’s over heating and if it starts to stutter the game, it’s throttling to avoid over heating. The S6 never had this problem. The performance was always incredible, even with Samsung’s god awful idea of what Android should look like/be bloated with.

          • Karly Johnston

            According to Google Now Star Wars is a sci-fi… oh and guess what, it is! Exynos 7 is a battery hogging overheating pos same as the 810, they are practically the same chip using identical ARM architecture. The 808 was the only usable flagship SoC to come out this year.

          • Steve Brain

            You’re very wrong and your opinion is terrible.

          • Karly Johnston

            According to what? You are the one with the overheating phone that pulls up porn when you search Star Wars.

          • Steve Brain

            And an awful troll. Bubye.

          • Cicero

            You need to read some complaints about Mexus 5x, with sd808 inside, complaints about lag and stutter.

          • Karly Johnston

            Maybe you should read the thousands of complaints of S6 lag and stutter first. The Moto X PE has the 808 and is among the smoothest devices on the market along with the Mi4C running CM 12.

          • Cicero

            Ok, man! SD808 is the best cpu/gpu on 2015. What I said and what you reply me. LOL

          • Cicero

            I didn’t see those devices around mainland Europe. I know about them but only from reviews.

          • Airyl

            You’re an idiot.

      • Ali

        The main proof of overheating is that Qualcomm admitted it as an issue and released a 2.1SD810 …….. Did you hear Samsung doing any such thing ? Btw it’s a not that a big difference between the two, but admit it that Samsung has the upper edge here.

        • Karly Johnston

          Qualcomm never admitted anything, in fact they said the accusations were “rubbish”. That is why it was such a scandal. Samsung will never tell you anything, you can’t even get the number of S6 and Note 5 sold as they are too embarrassed to release the results.

  • Faraz Masood Khan

    Why not switch to MediaTek?

    • Steve Brain

      I’d love to see how the Helios X20 stacks up against the competition, benchmarks label it very competitively but they only tell a small part of the story.

  • Cicero

    Everybody now want to be a soc chip manufacturer. We have traditional Qc, Sam and Mt. Huawei is already in town with Kirin 950 and new entry statements of Sony, LG, Xiaomi, OnePlus.