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ARM announces LG as lead partner for Cortex A50 series

Joins Samsung in supporting 64bit ARM chips
Fri May 24 2013, 13:41
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CHIP DESIGNER ARM has announced that LG Electronics will be the lead partner for its` Cortex A50 series processors.

ARM's Cortex A50 series is arguably the firm's most important design to date, as it uses the ARMv8 architecture that has 64-bit support. The firm announced that LG will be the lead partner for the A50 series of chips that includes the Cortex A57 and its next generation Mali GPUs.

According to ARM its agreement with LG will mean the Korean electronics giant will be able to offer a wider range of system on chip (SoC) parts and will allow LG to make use of the GPU computing capabilities that will be featured in ARM's next generation Mali GPUs.

Bo-ik Sohn, SVP of LG Electronics said, "The close interaction between the CPU and GPU becomes increasingly important as solutions transition between the 32-bit and 64-bit world. Being able to implement Full Profile GPU Compute in conjunction with ARM Big Little processing configurations will be a key driver to the overall performance and capabilities of our devices."

ARM's Cortex A50 chips are expected to power tablets and servers initially, with 64-bit support helping chip designers address more than 4GB of RAM without having to use Physical Address Extensions (PAE). ARM's licensees have been working on Cortex A50 based parts for some time, with the first parts expected to hit the market later this year.

Whether LG's position as a lead partner for the Cortex A50 series chips means the firm plans to challenge traditional rival Samsung in the server business is not clear at this point, but it does signal that 64-bit consumer electronics can be expected from the firm in the future. µ


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