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Google Pixel 6 may Be Powered by Google’s Own ‘GS101’ Whitechapel SoC

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Google Pixel 6 may Be Powered by Google’s Own ‘GS101’ Whitechapel SoC
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Google has received the first operational chips of its self-developed smartphone SoC. Axios reports this with reference to company-related sources. The code name of the design is Whitechapel, it is to be produced by the contract manufacturer Samsung Foundry in an unspecified 5 nm process.

CREDITS: AXIOS

The system-on-a-chip is intended for upcoming pixel smartphones, but only for devices that will appear in 2021 at the earliest. Axios speculates that offshoots of the SoC could also be used in Chromebooks in the medium term. The Whitechapel design should use eight unknown CPU cores with ARM technology and also integrate hardware to accelerate artificial intelligence such as the Google Assistant. Matterhorn cores alias Cortex-A79 and a modified version of Google’s Edge TPU would be conceivable.

So far, Google has only used Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in its Pixel devices, although there are additional image processors for photos with the Visual Pixel Core and the Pixel Neural Core. However, the company has been attracting SoC engineers from the competition for years, including Manu Gulati and John Bruno from Apple. Both were brought into the team in 2017, which fits well with the development period of three to four years for a SoC.

Google Pixel 6 may Be Powered by Google’s Own ‘GS101’ Whitechapel SoC

Samsung Foundry, in turn, announced in spring 2019 that its own 5 nm process with extreme ultraviolet exposure (EUV) was available to customers. Samsung did not give the exact name of the node, so far they had talked about 5LPE (Low Power Early) and 5LPP (Low Power Plus). Compared with 7LPP, i.e. 7 nm with EUV, 5 nm with EUV should have a transistor density that has increased by a quarter and a 20 percent lower power consumption or a 10 percent higher speed.

Google Pixel 6 may Be Powered by Google’s Own ‘GS101’ Whitechapel SoC
CREDITS: APPLE

Apple has been developing its own CPU and GPU cores (Lightning etc.) very successfully for years, but at Samsung, the SARC team responsible for the M cores (Lion etc.) of the Exynos chips has been dismissed.

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