We recently learned that Intel and TSMC were working on versions of the LG Nuclun 2 chipset and the Intel version was the one scoring better in benchmarks. Well, it appears Intel wasn’t happy with that (or something else happened), since they’re pulling out of the project.
TSMC will thus remain the sole maker of the LG CPU. Early reports showed that the LG Nuclun 2 is based on Cortex A53 and Cortex A72 cores, that work in heterogenous computing using big.LITTLE architecture. The chipset includes an Intel XMM 7360 modem with LTE Category 10 support. The model made by TSMC is a 16 nm one clocked at 2.1 GHz, while the Intel prototype was a 14 nm FinFET unit clocked at 2.4 GHz.
Sources say that Intel retired from the project because of low production capacity for the chip. TSMC will have a busy year ahead, as it’s making the Apple A9 for the iPhones and soon the Apple A10 as well, plus the LG Nuclun 2 now. Keep in mind these are all unconfirmed rumors and in the end things may play out differently.