In the mobile world the most common chips that you will hear are the Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, MediaTek, or the NVIDIA Tegra just to name a few. LG wants a piece of this market as it announced last year its plans of releasing the LG Odin System on Chip (SoC) which is an octa-core chip that is based on based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture and uses four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores. We learned recently from the South Korean media that this chip is expected to enter into mass production soon.
It was previously rumored that the LG Odin would be used by the Optimus G, then the G2, and even the G Pad 8.3. Unfortunately this did not materialize as the chip was not ready yet. The reason for the delay in its production is that LG was having issues with its final design. The company wanted to come up with its own development process instead of basing it on the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. Now that it is ready for mass production it looks like the company has already solved this issue.
LG is partnering with chip maker TSMC in manufacturing the Odin. This is the same chip maker that is working on Apple’s A8 processor. There’s not much information as of now as to what the specifications of the chip will be. What we know right now is that it will have a clock speed of 2.2GHz per core. Since it will be using a big.LITTLE configuration then it will be power efficient. There will also be a quad-core version of this chip which will use an ARM Mali-T604 GPU and will be used in the company’s Smart TV products.
Previously we learned that the LG Odin chip will be used in the company’s high end models. It seems like this plan has changed as reports indicate that the company is keen on using it on its lower end smartphones first such as its L Series. This will serve as a testing ground and if everything operates smoothly then it will be used on its higher end models. This means that the upcoming LG G3 won’t be using the Odin yet.
The possibility of the Odin being used in the company’s lower end smartphones will stir up the competition in this market segment. It will give the company an advantage over other competing brands and might even increase is sales.