LG starts making its own processors, reportedly with help from TSMC

Gigaom

LG may have been bumped down to sixth place in the “world’s top phone manufacturers” stakes (thanks a bunch, Xiaomi), but the Korean conglomerate hopes to aid its mobile efforts with a foray into the processor business.

On Friday [company]LG[/company] announced an eight-core application processor called Nuclun that will debut in its upcoming G3 Screen smartphone, intended for the South Korean market only. Until now, LG has largely used [company]Qualcomm[/company] chipsets in its handsets. Not many phone-makers use their own chips, apart from [company]Apple[/company] and [company]Samsung[/company].

The Nuclun processor includes four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A15 cores for heavy lifting and four 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 cores for lighter stuff, along with support for the new version of 4G, Category 6 LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), which supports maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the chips will be made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ([company]TSMC[/company]), as LG doesn’t have its…

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