Monday, 25 February 2013

LG working on 8-core chip called Odin, Optimus G II bound

The LG Optimus G II is still a little far off with an expected unveil in Q3 next fall. But rumors are already in motion concerning its chipset, courtesy of KoreaTimes.

It seems LG will go down the route of a home-brewed chipset much like Samsung and Huawei. Their first chipset, dubbed Odin, will essentially be an 8-core unit, not unlike Samsung's upcoming chip. LG is said to outsource manufacturing to a Taiwanese TSMC chipmaker.

According to the source, the chipset will be based on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture, which utilizes four Cortex-A15 cores using 28 nanometer level processing and four lower-powered Cortex-A7 cores.

The idea is striking a balance between processing power and power consumption. The four A15 cores will be available for high-demanding tasks, while the A7 ones will service tasks, which require less oomph. Thus the device will have plenty of processing power on tap, but will only utilize it when it's needed. 

LG's Odin is rumored to premiere in smartphones but it may still see the light of day elsewhere - tablets perhaps? LG kinda neglected this side of the Android device business in the recent years.

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