ARM said on Thursday that LG Electronics has become the lead partner in its Cortex-A50 family by licensing the next-generation Cortex-A50 CPU core and the next-generation Mali GPU core. ARM added that the new Mali GPUs now licensed by LG will extend the performance capabilities beyond what was seen on the previous Mali-T678 GPU.
"This agreement means that LG Electronics will have access to ARM’s highest-performing CPU and GPU solutions to create market-leading technology," the company said. "This agreement builds on an already strong relationship between LG Electronics and ARM, as LG Electronics has previously used both Cortex processors and Mali GPUs in its system-on-chip (SoC) technology."
The Cortex-A50 family was actually launched in October 2012, and bridges the performance requirements of next-generation 32-bit and 64-bit applications. It comprises the Cortex-A57 and the Cortex-A53 low-power processors, and promises to drive the widespread adoption of technology applications ranging from gesture control to augmented reality to mobile gaming.
"Cortex-A50 series processors are excellent 32-bit processors with 64-bit capability," the company said in October. "Both the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 can operate independently or be combined into an ARM big.LITTLE processing configuration that enables scalable performance and optimal energy-efficiency."
The two processors also introduce new power saving features such as retention modes and more extensive hierarchical clock gating to automatically save power when all or a portion of the processor is idle. ARM said these two new processors, despite their new capabilities, are still fully compatible with 32-bit ARMv7 softeare.
"Licensing the highest-performing IP from ARM for both CPU and GPU enables LG Electronics to expand the possibilities for end devices," said Pete Hutton, executive vice president & general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM. "The capabilities of next-generation Cortex CPUs and Mali GPUs in concert will make innovative features, at market-leading levels of energy efficiency, a reality."