LG was one of the first companies to demonstrate a Moorestown based phone as recently as earlier this year. Just 54 minutes ago however LG announced that starting in Q4 2010 it will be shipping smartphones based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2.

We first introduced you to Tegra 2 back at CES 2010. It's NVIDIA's second generation smartphone SoC with a pair of ARM Cortex A9 cores (ARM's first out-of-order architecture). The dual core CPU will run at 1GHz. Tegra 2 also features NVIDIA's own mobile GPU, although we know nothing of its architecture or how well it stacks up to high end GPUs from Imagination Technologies. NVIDIA calls it a GeForce GPU however I'd be surprised if there's any similarities between it and what's shipping in desktop GeForce GPUs today.

LG's press release is pretty light on details although we do get some performance projections. LG states that web browsing can be up to 2x faster and gaming performance can be up to 5x faster compared to single core processors running at 1GHz. If we're conservative and assume that is in comparison to Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoC then we'd expect Quake 3 frame rates at just under 100 fps. Web browsing at 2x the speed of Snapdragon would be much faster than anything we've seen to date.

LG mentions that Tegra 2 will enable 1080p HD video playback however with no indication of bitrate it's too early to get excited about that claim. TI's OMAP 4 will also have 1080p support when it ships in phones next year. The same is true for Intel's Moorestown based devices.

Obviously SoC speed isn't all that matters, LG has to deliver a compelling smartphone design. The first LG Tegra 2 smartphones will be a part of its Optimus Series of smartphones, most likely running Android.

Below is the full press release from LG:



LG First to Announce Smartphone with Dual-Core CPU based on NVIDIA Tegra, the World’ s Most Advanced Mobile Processor

SEOUL, Sept. 7, 2010 – LG Electronics (LG) announced today that it will introduce a series of fast, powerful smartphones starting in the fourth quarter of 2010 utilizing the second generation NVIDIA® TegraTM mobile processor, Tegra 2. Tegra 2 includes the world’s first dual-core CPU, which powers through complex tasks to achieve significant leaps in performance.

LG will integrate Tegra 2 into its smartphones, providing them with unprecedented power, speed and graphics capability. These smartphones will be part of LG’s Optimus Series, a new line of innovative mobile products.

LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.

“LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance,” said Chang Ma, Vice President of Marketing Strategy Team, LG Mobile Communications Company. “We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”

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“The ultimate smartphones will be powered by Tegra, the world’s most advanced mobile processor,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “LG is one of the most popular consumer brands, and their Optimus Series of devices with Tegra is further validation of the processor’s ability to deliver an unrivaled, turbocharged media experience.”

LG’s Optimus Series smartphones featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor will debut starting in the fourth quarter of the year.


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  • Zok - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    Maybe it could be there for northbridge-esque delegation duties? Handling IO with radios, keypad, etc. that is "on" all the time.
  • etal2 - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    Its standard for the cellular radio to have its own dedicated processor that does all the communication duties.
    The proprietary software running on this processor is supplied by the chip manufacturer and is kept a secret. Its not part of the phones main operation system (no android/ios/win7 here).
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    The ARM7 core is used for SoC management, it doesn't handle any user code.

    Take care,
  • sprockkets - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    LG has been a loyal supporter of WinMob. Doubt it if they go Android but who's to say at this point.
  • adonn78 - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    This is what I would want in a netbook or home theater PC. A CPU that can do streaming 180P HD video. Seriously put this think in a new version of the WD live or similar box and I am buying.
  • sprockkets - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    Well if Boxee would ever come out...
  • mindbomb - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    you can't really match the flexibility of an actual htpc.
    for one, this thing will almost certainly not have an mkv splitter.
  • icrf - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    Forgive my ignorance, but for what would you need an mkv splitter on an htpc? I use an htpc as a front-end consumption device. Seems like an mkv splitter is more of a creation-time problem.
  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    Fermi and a mobile phone gpu are so different that your comment smacks of anti-Nvidia (pro-ATI?) FUD. Or complete lack of any technical knowledge. I vote for the former.
  • icrf - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - link

    I fully expect battery life to be sub-par with something like this, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't still want it in a tablet/slate form factor. I'm just not sure it's the best thing for a smart phone.

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