Samsung and Google reportedly co-developing Whitechapel chip for Pixel 6

Last year, Google reportedly approached various chip makers including Broadcom, and Nvidia to reduce its dependency on chipsets from Qualcomm and Intel. This hinted that Google might be looking for chipset makers who could design processors exclusively for Pixel phones.

Now, it looks like this news is turning out to be true as a new report from 9to5Google suggests that the Pixel 6 will come with Google’s GS101 processor (codenamed ‘Whitechapel’), which is rumored to be made using Samsung’s 5nm process tech.

However, Google will remove major similarities including ISP and NPU components so that it will not resemble the Korean tech giant Exynos processor.

Key details of the processor

A report from  XDA developers revealed that this new processor will be equipped with a tri-cluster CPU and a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit). Moreover, an integrated security chip codenamed ‘Dauntless’ (like the Titan M) may also be fabricated on the processor.

For the other key details, some previous reports mentioned that it will feature a single core of Cortex A78 CPU, two Cortex A76 CPU cores, and four Cortex A55 CPU cores including a Mali GPU. So from this, it is quite clear that this new Google processor is actually based on Samsung’s processor development techniques.

When we may see this collaboration?

Google’s processor in collaboration with Samsung, may debut with the upcoming Pixel 6 (codenamed ‘Slider’) which speculated to launch alongside two more devices codenamed ‘Raven’ and ‘Oriole’. However, its standard model and the XL variant might be coming in Q3 2021.


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