LG starts making its own processors, reportedly with help from TSMC

LG may have been bumped down to sixth place in the “world’s top phone manufacturers” stakes (thanks a bunch, Xiaomi), but the Korean conglomerate hopes to aid its mobile efforts with a foray into the processor business.

On Friday [company]LG[/company] announced an eight-core application processor called Nuclun that will debut in its upcoming G3 Screen smartphone, intended for the South Korean market only. Until now, LG has largely used [company]Qualcomm[/company] chipsets in its handsets. Not many phone-makers use their own chips, apart from [company]Apple[/company] and [company]Samsung[/company].

The Nuclun processor includes four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A15 cores for heavy lifting and four 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 cores for lighter stuff, along with support for the new version of 4G, Category 6 LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), which supports maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the chips will be made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ([company]TSMC[/company]), as LG doesn’t have its own chip fabs.

“With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversity our product strategy against stronger competition,” LG mobile chief Jong-seok Park said in a statement. “Nuclun will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward.”

If you’re interested in the G3 Screen (remember, South Korea only), then you’re looking at a 5.9-inch IPS screen, 32GB of inbuilt memory and a microSD slot, a 13MP rear camera with optical stabilization, a 2.1MP front camera and a 3,000mAh battery. The device weighs 182g, and will go on sale this week.