T3: ARM may be best known for its mobile phone processors, but the chip maker has started dipping its toe in the TV market and has just announced a big licensing deal with LG, which wants to use ARM technology to power its next generation of digital TVs.
Using the multicore ARM11 processor and ARM Mali-200 Mali-400 graphics processors, LG believes it “will be able to offer a future-proofed premium-quality digital TV experience for today’s connected home,” said Seung-Jong Choi, research fellow of Digital TV Lab, LG Electronics.
“The connected home relies on technology that is fully functional and that guarantees a high-quality, energy efficient multimedia experience.”
Or if you prefer plain English, that means widgets, and lots of them. Widgets that give you full 1080p high definition video on demand – one of the main features of the ARM Mali-400 graphics chip.
Widgets that give you enhanced web content, social networking and online shopping. And widgets that even enable high definition gaming, direct from your TV. That’s not to say that LG is setting its sights on the wildly competitive console market quite yet, but it does mean that the number and range of additional service available to your TV, all without a set-top box, is about to take a very big step forward.
Hell, if LG manages to work in a BBC iPlayer app and YouTube, it could probably stand to lose the digital TV antenna. That would save a bit of space.