It might surprise you to know that the world tech giant Google has finally taken a positive move as they prepare to launch their new flagship Pixel 6 with a custom chipset popularly known as Whitechapel GS101 Chipset.
Whitechapel GS101 Chip will be the first of its kind and expected to come with some improvements and advanced features. However, Google’s plan towards the new chip was revealed by Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, said in October last year during the third quarter 2020 income report that the company’s investment in hardware is ‘deeper.’ Many at the time believed that the company could be working consistently to introduce “Whitechapel” processor to their upcoming Pixel flagship and Chromebooks.
Google chips Whitechapel are expected to be launched on the device I believe to be Pixel 6 later this year (20212). The new Google chip is specifically referred to as “GS101”. Now, let us look at the features of the new google chip, what to expect and the reason behind google investment in the new chipset.
Google trying to be Charge
Since the introduction of the Android operating system which is owned by Google, most of their devices depends on third party chips to survive but that is about to change anytime soon as Google steps up to design and use their custom chip.
Apart from being in charge, Google is undoubtedly the biggest and well-known tech giant in the world that knows what they want and has the financial power to implement it. One of the things that made Apple iPhones specialist is their ability to develop custom chips for their devices and Google is finally following the same roadmap.
First Google device to use the new Whitechapel GS101 Chipset
Google Pixel 5 was released in September 2020 with Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon chipset and it’s obvious that the next in line is Google Pixel 6 which is set to be launched in October 2021 and is expected to be the first Google device to be powered with Whitechapel GS101Chip.
Apart from the upcoming Google Pixel 6, every other subsequent device from Google will likely come with the new custom chip. However, Pixel 6 might not be coming alone this your but along with other google high-end smartphones.
Whitechapel GS101 Chip features and Collabration
Rumours from early 2020 suggested that Google was able to corroborate the Whitechapel’s chips with Samsung. A document was found that the Pixel phones that arrive in the autumn are fitted with a Whitechapel processor.
According to reports, Google is working on Whitechapel with Samsung Semiconductor’s system-large scale integration (SLSI) division. According to 9to5Google, this implies Google’s chip would be identical to Samsung’s Exynos in terms of software components.
Google refers to the Whitechapel chip for next-generation Pixel phones as “GS101” internally, with “GS” standing for “Google Silicon.” A shared platform for Whitechapel SoC is said to be a guide for the “Slider” codename used in the Google Camera app. Other products linked to “Slider” reveal that it is powered by Samsung’s Exynos chipset.
It appears that the GS101 chip is being developed by Samsung’s device large-scale integration (SLSI) division. This suggests that the Google chips and Samsung Exynos will share some features.
However, previous news that surfaced on the web suggests that the new Google’s chip will have an octa-core ARM CPU with two Cortex-A78 + two Cortex-A76 + four Cortex-A55 cores. It will also feature an off-the-shelf ARM Mali GPU and be manufactured on Samsung’s 5nm technology. Based on this, I anticipate that Whitechapel will be of a great intensity chip comparable to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 range.
The primary advantage of using custom silicon would be better control over driver updates. Google would no longer be dependent on Qualcomm for driver updates and would be able to upgrade drivers to be compliant with newer versions of Android for an extended period. The latest chips could also be supported for 5 generations of Android OS updates, as opposed to the existing 3 generations of support for Pixel users.
Google has built a custom Chip before
It might surprise you to know that Whitechapel GS101 is not the first-ever chip that google has released. Google has already created custom chips, partnering with Intel in 2017 to create the Pixel Visual Core for the Pixel 2.
In that regard, Google could incorporate the Pixel Visual Core into the SoC, potentially enabling new camera capabilities in the upcoming Pixel 6. Creating a custom SoC would almost certainly be less expensive to create and use than purchasing a chip from Qualcomm or Samsung.
Google’s 2021 pixel telephones are working on modern GS101 silicon. According to our source, the SoC appears to have a 3-cluster TPU configuration (Tensor Processing Unit). Google also calls the next Pixel devices ‘dauntless fitted telephones,’ which we think means they have a Titan M Protection Chip code-named ‘Citadel’.