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The LG NUCLUN 2 Enters Trial Production With Intel’s 14nm And TSMC’s 16nm Node Claims Source

Ramish Zafar
Posted Nov 24, 2015
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As we move towards 2016, things have started to become interesting once again in the world of mobile hardware. We’ve got two great offerings from Samsung and Qualcomm in the form of the Exynos 8890 and the Snapdragon 820, both of which are expected to debut on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 in February. But while most of the media attention is paid towards the two chipmaking giants, other manufacturers are also eager to present their offerings to the market, and one of these is LG. The Korean company’s NUCLUN 2 has been popping up here and there and today we’ve manged to uncover some more information about the chipset. Read below to find out more.

LG’s NUCLUN 2 Details Surface; Trial Production Commences At Intel And TSMC?

While the rumor mill is full of leaks and speculations surrounding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphones and other mainstream devices and processors, we haven’t seen that much information surface about LG’s plans for the next NUCLUN. But what little information has surfaced is very interesting indeed. We’ve been hearing about a collaboration between Intel and LG for the processor and today’s news also makes similar claims.

But before we get into that, lets take a look at what the NUCLUN 2 should be expected to offer. The processor will be an octa core offering, according to information straight out of China and will be using ARM’s Cortex A53 and Cortex A72 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration. It will also be integrated with Intel’s XMM 7360 Baseband, which should allow the chipset to support LTE Cat. 10 with 450Mbps and tri-carrier integration.

Coming towards Intel, today’s source also claims that trial production for the NUCLUN 2 has started at both the US chipmaking giant’s and the Taiwanese TSMC’s facilities. Both of them will be using slightly different manufacturing processes, with TSMC to manufacturer the NUCLUN 2 on its 16nm node while Intel to utilize the 14nm node. As far as frequencies go, given its relative advantage in process yields, Intel has managed to achieve a frequency of 2.4GHz which is quite impressive given today’s standard of mobile processor performance. TSMC on the other hand is seeing frequencies of 2.1GHz, which aren’t disappointing either.

If today’s information is correct, then things have started to move rather nicely when it comes to the NUCLUN 2. If Intel really is achieving good mobile processor yields and the partnership between LG and the US manufacturer really is secure, then we might be about to witness yet another big change in the mobile world. But unless things become more clear or we receive any official world, we’re going to have to throw this into the ever expansive rumor cabinet. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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