LG commits to ARM technology for consumer devices
In yet another major coup for ARM, the South Korean Electronics giant LG announced that it has signed a new licensing agreement that allows them access to ARM’s high performance Cortex-A series processors and Mali GPUs. This includes the now popular Cortex-A9 processor as well as the upcoming Cortex-A15 processor and Mali-T604 GPU.
LG has been an ARM licensee since 1995, but this new level of commitment will see LG use its technology across a far wider range of devices such as STB’s, TV’s as well as smartphones and tablets.
This is great news for ARM and consumers. It shows how ARM technology is now ubiquitous in high-performance and low-power devices. Back in 2009, Intel proudly announced LG as a smartphone partner before the product was shelved. Then came the Nokia partnership which again crumbled to dust when they announced their partnership with Microsoft to use Windows Phone 7 as the basis for all future phones.
We see the adoption of ARM technology by a wide range of companies as a way of ensuring innovation. We shouldn’t have to rely on one company for improvements. The ARM business model may not be a multi-billion dollar money-maker (for ARM), but it helps companies produce cost-effective products that allows them to innovate using their own patents and ideas.