As early as 2020, rumors have been circulating that Google is working on its own system-on-chip (SoC), but today a new report says the company will debut its first processor on the Pixel 6. In this way, like Apple, Big G will have a smartphone that combines even more hardware and software.
The chipset, codenamed Whitechapel, will power Pixel phones that are expected to launch this fall. Previous reports had indicated that Whitechapel would be an SoC for smartphones and Chromebooks and that Google had partnered with Samsung to develop the processors themselves. Today’s article highlights a connection with Samsung’s Exynos chipsets, noting that Whitechapel “is in development with Samsung Semiconductor’s System Large Scale Integration (SLSI) division.”
There are several codenames cited in the 9to5Google report, including “GS101”, which also speculates that the letters GS could stand for Google Silicon. Another codename highlighted in this report is “Slider”, which according to the publication is a “shared platform for the first Whitechapel SoC”. Slider is linked to many other projects, including two other codenames: “Raven” and “Oriole”. These are believed to be the upcoming Pixel flagships slated for launch this fall, with one of them expected to be the Pixel 6.
Google declined to comment on this report when Engadget asked for confirmation. Given the company’s history of the use of codenames and persistent rumors about Whitechapel, this report still carries some weight. With phone makers like Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and Xiaomi already making their own chips, or seeming to want to switch to their own chipsets anyway, it’s no surprise that Google can do the same. While none of this is official yet, considering the distance from the expected Pixel 6 launch (which usually takes place in October), it is likely that more will be known in the coming months.