LG Electronics is developing its own mobile application processor for its next smartphone to be released in the third quarter of this year. The processor is similar to the central unit in personal computers.
LG said Tuesday it is getting ready to mass-produce its own application processor in the second quarter of this year. Since it has no semiconductor manufacturing equipment, LG will contract Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC.
Typically, it takes around three months for a processor to be manufactured and installed in a product, so the earliest release date for a phone featuring it would be late this year.
At present, LG smartphones come equipped processors from Qualcomm of the U.S. The Korean electronics firm hopes to cut costs and boost profitability by using its own.
Qualcomm is the world's top producer of mobile application processors, accounting for 53 percent of the global market as of 2013, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics.
Second is Apple (15.7 percent), followed by Taiwan's MediaTek (9.7 percent) and Samsung Electronics (7.9 percent).