Is Google doing like Apple and designing its own processors for tablets and laptops? This is what sources close to the manufacturer would have revealed to our colleagues from Nikkei Asia.
Google would aim to offer processors for machines that run under its Chrome OS operating system, which would allow it to operate software and hardware optimally, but also to meet specific needs.
Currently, Chrome OS is present in machines from Dell, HP, Asus, Lenovo and Samsung. Google also launched its Pixelbook laptop and Pixel Slate tablet, but sales haven’t been good, according to IDC data.
This approach is similar to what Apple is currently doing with its M1 SoC, found in MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, and now in iPad Pros. Other important tech players are also developing their own chips, especially in the field of artificial intelligence: Tesla, Amazon and Facebook.
A Google or Samsung Soc in the Pixel 6?
For its part, Google has been using in-house circuits for artificial intelligence in its data centers since 2016 and has just announced that its own SoC, called Tensor, will be used in its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones.
This chip was developed in collaboration with Samsung and could be, according to the Dutch site Galaxy Club, actually an Exynos 9855 SoC. Indeed, the Tensor and the Exynos 9855 have the same code name: Whitechapel. It is difficult to know if the circuit has undergone changes in its version for Google.
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Will the chips for Chromebooks be modified versions of future Samsung chips, or SoCs fully developed by Google? It’s too early to know, as they aren’t expected to be released until 2023.
Source : Nikkei Asia