26 June 2020
Google is reportedly working with Samsung to develop a chipset that could power Pixel phones and eventually Chromebooks as well. According to an independent report from Axios, Google has even received the first working versions of this processor and the first chipset may arrive as soon as next year.
This is not the first time we are hearing Google’s plans on producing its own chipset. There have been reports from South Korean media outlets, ET News and Clien.net in the past, stating the same. But Axios puts some serious claims by citing a source familiar with Google’s plans in this regard, including the launch timeframe of the first processor. The report also goes on to say that the chip which is in the works has a codename “Whitechapel” and is designed by Google and will be manufactured on Samsung’s 5nm process.
According to the stated claims, We may see the debut of Google's first chipset on Pixel 6 as next year would bring iteration of this year's Pixel which is going to be Pixel 5.
The report presents some technical details as well, including eight ARM CPU cores, Google’s own machine learning silicon, and hardware devoted to the Assistant’s always-listening technology.
As XDA Developers has pointed this out, the use of the 5nm process will give a boost to Samsung Foundry, which has lost a major client in the form of Apple over the past four years.
Google already owns a custom chip in the form of Neural Core on the Pixel 4, the journey of which actually started back in the days of 2017 when the company collaborated with Intel to develop the Pixel Visual Core for the Pixel 2.
Before jumping on to any conclusions, we must note that none of the reports have been verified yet and Google hasn’t confirmed any of them as well.
Currently, there are top three contenders in front of Google in the league of custom chips – Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, all of which use their in-house built SoCs in their phones. Google has long wanted to work in this area and reduce the dependence on Qualcomm. It looks like the plans are finally flourishing and as per the report, we may see the first in-house chip from Google next year.