Future Google Pixel devices and tablets will likely run on chips designed by the search giant itself, according to a Reuters report citing job listings and industry executives familiar with the subject.
Credit: Tom's GuideAccording to reports, Google has hired about 20 engineers and recruiters for an initiative called "gChips", based in Bangalore, India. As it happens, Bengaluru has become a hotbed for chip design in recent years, hosting many teams of established semiconductor manufacturers but never before an important device manufacturer such as Google.
However, Google is not completely new from the perspective of designing its own silicon. On Pixel 2 in 2017, he introduced the Pixel Visual Core, a coprocessor designed explicitly to download some of the image processing tasks that would normally be handled by the smartphone's general-purpose Snapdragon chipset. The Pixel 3 presents the second generation of the Pixel Visual Core and uses it to achieve fantastic results, especially at night.
And, of course, Google is far from being the first phone manufacturer that has decided to perform chip manufacturing tasks at home. The processors of the series A of Apple have obtained excellent critics and recognition on the part of the consumer during generations of iPhones and iPads, and in the last years they have surpassed and surpassed to his equivalents produced by Qualcomm in the majority of the points of reference. In fact, Cupertino has reportedly decided to expand its responsibilities with the production of modems as well, rejecting Intel in the process.
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Samsung and Huawei also build their own CPUs, called Exynos and Kirin respectively, which have select models. It is believed that by assuming responsibilities for the production of hardware and software at each stage, Google could offer phones that are much better optimized than what most third-party Android partners can use.
According to an anonymous executive in the Reuters report, the gChips team could have 80 troops by the end of 2019. It seems that the initiative is still in the construction phase, which means that you should not expect to see the fruits of Google's work. . in time for the launch of Pixel 4 at the end of the year. Rather, Google's 2020 Pixel seems a much more likely debut for a processor entirely designed by gChips.