ARM, a name synonymous with mobile processors, has licensed its processor technology to the Korean electronics manufacturer LG Electronics.
Under the agreement, LG will get access to the manufacturing process of ARM cortex A15 processors and ARM Mali graphics processors. LG will be able to manufacture these processors in-house for use in its upcoming smartphones, feature phones and several other devices like televisions also.
This will be the second time that LG has gotten in to partnership with a microprocessor company. Back in year 1995, LG had licensed processor technology from ARM for making chips for its mobile phones and televisions.
“LG’s relationship with ARM over a number of years has provided significant value to our overall business. In addition, the ARM ecosystem has provided LG with partners to help differentiate our product offering,” said Boik Sohn, vice president and head of system IC Center, LG Electronics.
With this partnership LG is looking forward to use self made microchips for all its upcoming devices.
LG’s Windows Phone based devices although might not be benefited much by this partnership owing to Microsoft’s hardware requirement which limits the usage of microchips to certain particular ones. But, LG’s Android devices seem to be benefiting the most with this partnership.
How much will this affect the prices cannot be guessed at this point of time as it still might take some more time to give a clearer picture. But one thing can be said for sure is that the upcoming Android devices from LG are going be cheaper.