Google is reportedly making progress during a bid to create its own chipset for Chromebooks and Pixel devices. That’s supported a series of recent reports stemming from an Axios article indicating that the processor is being co-designed with Samsung. Perhaps most significantly, the corporate is claimed to possess received its first batch of working chips in “recent weeks.”
The search giant’s new chips, code-named Whitechapel, feature an 8-core ARM processor. the small print of that hasn’t been leaked just yet. But Whitechapel will include optimizations for Google’s AI technology. And a minimum of a segment of the chip is going to be directly liable for improvements to both performance and ‘always-on’ Google Assistant, consistent with the source.
In addition to an eight-core ARM processor, Whitechapel also will include hardware optimized for Google’s machine-learning technology. some of its silicon also will be dedicated to improving the performance and “always-on” capabilities of Google Assistant, the source says.
This isn’t the primary hint that Samsung would help Google on chips
The new reports centering on Google’s chipset for its own hardware aren’t the primary indication that such an idea is within the works. Earlier this month, reports suggested that Samsung would be building a custom Exynos chip for the search giant. Both chips here seem to be an equivalent. Both are using standard CPU and GPU designs from ARM on the 5nm LPE process.
Each of the 2 reports also highlights an octa-core design. before the newest news, those leaks indicated that it might be built around two Cortex-A78 CPU cores and two Cortex-A76 CPU cores. Four more CPU cores, aimed toward power-efficiency were a part of the rumors too. Specifically, those were reported to be Cortex-A55 CPU cores.
On the graphics side of the equation, the Samsung-built Google chipset was reported to feature a Mali MP20 GPU. That’s set to be supported a fresh architecture from ARM, developed under the code-name Borr. Google’s own Visual Core ISP and NPU will replace Samsung’s ISP and NPU on the chipset.
A chipset for Chromebooks isn’t coming soon
Now, Google is keeping fairly mum about the upcoming chipset for Pixel handsets and Chromebooks. That’s hardly surprising since those aren’t expected to be ready in time for Pixel-branded smartphones. Or a minimum of not soon. At the earliest, the expectation is that they will arrive in time for Pixel devices in 2021. the utilization of Whitechapel chips in Chromebooks, conversely, would be pushed back even further consistent with current speculation.
Further backing up that expectation, the chips are said to be built on Samsung’s 5nm architecture. While Google has already built its own AI, image processing, and server-grade hardware, that would convince be a drag.
Despite a working version of the chips already reportedly being shipped to Google, the search giant seems to be counting on Samsung here. Recent reports out of Samsung’s home region of South Korea indicate that plans from Samsung to mass-produce its 5nm chips may stall as a result of ongoing global health concerns. If that happens, Google’s dedicated chipsets might be pushed back even further.