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Samsung & LG Dual It Up

11:15 AM -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) have each taken the dual-core plunge today, announcing new mobile processors that will make the smartphone experience faster and much more powerful.

LG is tapping the second-generation Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) Tegra mobile processor, dubbed Tegra 2 Dual Core CPU, for its Optimus Series of handsets. With the new CPU, it is promising 1GHz processing speeds for Web browsing that's twice as fast as single-core processors and up to five times faster for gaming. The CPU also enables 1080p HD video and is tackling 3D capabilities. (See 3D Video Goes Mobile.)

"LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities," the company wrote in a release. "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."

Samsung's dual-core move today leans on the Dual Core 1GHz Orion processor, optimized for lower-power, high-speed apps running on tablets, netbooks, and smartphones. This CPU was made by Samsung, using its 45 nanometer low-power process technology. The ARM Ltd. -based core also supports full HD video playback and 3D gaming. Samsung is promising five times the 3D graphics performance over previous processors in use in the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones, as well as the new Galaxy Tab tablet. (See Sprint: An Epic Win? and US Cellular Gets Samsung Galaxy.)

Dual-core processors are becoming the name of the game for mobile as smartphones become more advanced and tablets aim for PC-like speeds and performance. It's a tech that Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), and Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN) are also targeting. (See Intel Looks to Infineon for the Full SOC, Intel’s Infineon Acquisition: All About 3G, and Qualcomm Samples Snapdragon.)

Phones sporting LG's or Samsung's new processors will start to come to market in the fourth quarter of this year.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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