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Google may be developing its own processor to power its line of Pixel phones and Chromebook laptops

Google may be developing its own machine learning and AI processor in its line of Pixel phones and Chromebook laptops

  • The processor is said to power Pixel phones and Chromebook laptops
  • It can also improve machine learning and Google Assistant
  • This would be the first internal main processor to show up in Google hardware

Google is preparing to power its line of phones and laptops with an internal processor.

According to a report by AxiosGoogle’s development of a processor for Pixel phones and Chromebooks could realize a chip early next year and help the tech giant support on-board artificial intelligence.

The chip is reportedly codenamed ‘Whitechapel’ and may be an eight-core ARM processor, made using a method developed by Samsung.

Google's processor is said to power its line of Pixel phones and Chromebook laptops, according to a report by Axios.

Google’s processor is said to power its line of Pixel phones and Chromebook laptops, according to a report by Axios.

The chip may reportedly be partially designed to improve machine learning capabilities and help improve the company’s Google Assistant.

Google is currently making a number of chips for its hardware, including one included in its flagship Pixel 4 called Soli, which uses radar to enable remote hand gesture control.

As noted by The Verge, it also makes the Titan M chip designed to enhance the security of the Pixel.

However, Qualcomm currently makes the primary processor in Pixel devices.

By switching to its own chip, Google would reflect one of its biggest competitors, Apple, which designs its own line of A series processors for the iPhone.

When it released its latest chip, the A13 Bionic, last September, Apple said its processor is capable of handling 1 trillion operations per second, making it 20 percent faster than the A12 and at the same time more efficient.

Using hundreds of voltage and clock ports and machine learning, the A13 can shut down various parts of the chip when not in use, making it exceptionally good at saving energy.

The result is a chip that extends battery life and also increases processing power.

If Apple’s success is any indication, Google may be able to boost the speed and overall functionality of subsequent phones and computers.

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