Pixel 3 could be powered by Google's own processor

14 June, 2017, 07:16 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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Early this year, when news of the second-gen Pixel smartphones started to surface, there was a rumor that Google was working on its own chip. Gulati worked at Apple for nearly 8 years as a micro-architect and has also been employed by Broadcom and AMD. He worked at Apple from 2009 to 2017 and helped lead the company's efforts in designing its own chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV products, which officially began in 2010.

Apple's newest A10X chips, for example, are built-in house instead of by companies like Intel or Qualcomm. Well, it means that Google just got very serious about creating custom processors for its Pixel lineup of devices.


Apple now builds its own smartphone processors but Google does not. Chip development can also cut off potential supply issues. Now it is taking things further by developing its own custom chips that will power future Pixel phones and probably other Google devices.

"The Cupertino-based computer maker filed a total of 15 chip-related patents that credit Gulati as one of the inventors". Google would need to closely control the design of chips in order to integrate machine-learning optimized signal processors directly into a phone's main chip. All of these use cases would greatly benefit from hardware that is synergized and designed from the ground up to provide the best performance for these use cases and the company's vision.

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