After announcing its internal Tensor chipset for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones, it looks like Google will also be building larger processors for its laptops and tablets.
Nikkei Asia, citing three sources familiar with the development, said Google plans to unveil new chips by 2023 for laptops and tablets running on its Chrome operating system.
Google is apparently encouraged by Apple’s success with its custom M1 chips. Additionally, companies like Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, Baidu, and Alibaba Group Holding are all working on building their own semiconductors to power their cloud services and electronics.
Businesses are turning to the idea of developing their custom chips as it helps to embed their own functionality into those chips for specific purposes. Basically, it helps with seamless software and hardware integration.
ARM Plan Based Chips
“The new processors and mobile processors that Google is developing are based on the chip plans of Arm, the UK-based chip company controlled by Softbank whose intellectual property is used in more than 90% of the world’s mobile devices,” said Nikkei Asia stated in its report.
Smaller chips can give more computing power to devices with restricted or passive cooling designs, such as tablets, thin and light laptops, and mobile phones.
In fact, it’s no secret that Google has been creating its own processor designs since the middle of the last decade. But most of the research has focused on chipsets for its flagship Pixel phones to have faster real-time computer processing for video and photos and better AI-intensive mobile tasks. The Pixel 6 series will also feature Google’s own mobile silicon, known as the Whitechapel insider.
The Nikkei Asia report citing analysts said it would cost around $ 500 million to design a new chip on TSMC’s 5-nanometer process, while something built on the traditional 28-nanometer process would cost only around $ 50 million.
Google is also reportedly hiring chip engineers around the world, including Israel, India and Taiwan.