Pixel 6 may use a Google-made chip instead of a Qualcomm processor

Last year its report that Google could dig into the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in favor of the internal smartphone chip. Internet advertising giant is rumored to be partnering with Samsung to build a high-end processor for the Pixel smartphone. The first signs of an upcoming processor are starting to appear now, and it looks like we might see it in Pixel 6.

According to a 9to5Google report, the Pixel 6 will equip with a Google GS101 processor (codenamed ‘Whitechapel’). The chipset was allegedly co-developed with Samsung’s SLSI division of Semiconductor and was built using the South Korean company’s 5nm LPE fabrication process. The report claims that Exynos‘ citations were found in connection with Google’s GS101 Whitechapel processor.

A separate report from XDA developers claims that Google’s first mobile processor features a tri-cluster CPU, TPU (Tensor Processing Unit), and an integrated security chip, codenamed ‘Dauntless’ (like Titan M). Based on previous reports, this processor has two Cortex-A78 CPU cores, two Cortex-A76 CPU cores, and four Cortex-A55 CPU cores. It can also use an off-the-shelf ARM Mali 20-core GPU.

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The report also claims that Google’s processors share some similarities with Samsung Exynos processors, including software components. However, Google has removed the default ISP and Samsung’s NPU components for its design. The Pixel 6 series is called ‘Slider’ and has two devices: ‘Raven’ and ‘Oriole.’ Both code names can be Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL and become official Q3 2021.

With the new processor, Google can have complete control over Apple’s similar smartphones and software updates. It can offer higher performance, deeper integration, better camera quality, and long-term software update support. Google and Samsung can work on more chipsets for Chromebooks and other smart home devices.

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