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Google might use its own chip "Whitechapel" in Pixel 6

03/04/2021

Google might launch its own smartphone chip this fall, supposedly with the Pixel 6, according to a report by 9to5Google. The new chip is internally known as “GS101” Whitechapel chip and Pixel 6 will be the first phone to get powered by it.

Google plans to use Whitechapel as an initiative to create their own systems on a chip (SoCs), which will be used in Pixel phones and Chromebooks similar to Apple using their own chip in the iPhone for almost a decade and now in Mac too. Google is reportedly co-developing Whitechapel with Samsung, whose Exynos chips rival Snapdragon processors in the Android space.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai also teased that the company would make “some deeper investments in hardware,” during an earnings call last fall and Whitechapel seems to be it.

"In the document, Whitechapel is used in connection with the codename “Slider” — a reference we’ve also found in the Google Camera app. From what we can piece together, we believe that Slider is a shared platform for the first Whitechapel SoC. Internally, Google refers to this chip as “GS101,” with “GS" potentially being short for 'Google Silicon'." 9to5Google reported.

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