Pixel 9: Google may continue to depend on Samsung to produce Tensor G4 chip in 2024

2023-09-16 15:48:00

Google decided to abandon Qualcomm platforms in 2021, and since then, its cell phones have been equipped with “Tensor” chips, which are designed in close collaboration with Samsung. Although big tech intends to launch a fully proprietary processor, its plans may not come to fruition before 2025.

According to industry sources, the “search giant” aimed to design and manufacture its next chips for smartphones without depending on Samsung, but according to information released this Saturday (16) by Android Authoritythe collaboration between the companies is expected to continue with the launch of the Pixel 9 in 2024.

Google’s initial expectation, according to a report from The Informationwas to launch cell phones with their first “fully customized” chip in 2024. This platform, handled by company employees under the codename “Redondo”, would no longer be manufactured by Samsung to adopt TSMC’s 3-nanometer lithography.

Now, people familiar with the matter say that the Tensor G4 — the platform that is expected to power the Pixel 9 — is codenamed “Zuma Pro”, while the Tensor G3, which will debut next month with the Pixel 8, is referred to as “Zuma”. . These details reiterate that the Tensor G4 will be based on the Tensor G3, possibly reusing Samsung technologies.

For context, the Tensor G1 was known simply as “Whitechapel” in 2021. The Tensor G2, which represented a minimal performance improvement over the first generation, was codenamed “Whitechapel Pro”.

This could mean that Google will still rely on its collaboration with Samsung System LSI — the South Korean company’s semiconductor design division — to produce the Tensor G4, and this chip could just be an optimized version of the Tensor G3.

From this speculation, it can be deduced that the first chip made by Google, without dependence on Samsung, will hit the market with the launch of the Pixel 10 in 2025.

According to the report, the reason behind the delay is the difficulties faced by Google’s hardware division. When the company began developing the Tensor G1 in 2021, its team was still small, which led big tech to hire the services of Samsung System LSI to speed up production of the chip that would power the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

By leaving Samsung, Google will have greater control over its future chipsets, allowing it to apply its own vision of performance to hardware. This means there will also be new challenges, such as dealing with the validation and physical design of chips, as well as seeking deals with semiconductor factories such as TSMC.

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