A new agreement between leading chipmaker Intel and leading chip designer ARM will see makers of mobile devices who license chip designs from ARM allowed to use Intel’s factories and latest technologies. One of these, according to a statement released by Intel at the ongoing Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, is LG.
By doing so, LG will be joining the likes of Samsung, Apple and Huawei who also make their own mobile processors based on ARM’s designs. Huawei, through subsidiary HiSilicon, has been producing its own Kirin-branded chips while Samsung and Apple have stuck with their Exynos and A-series processors on their flagship devices.
The biggest loser, in this case, will be Qualcomm, the current supplier of the processors found in LG’s mobile devices.
Spreadtrum, which makes the processors found on budget devices like the budget Snokor Z5000 we looked at last year and the Galaxy Tab A from Samsung, is one of the other companies that Intel announced will be taking early advantage of its deal with ARM.