Google Tensor chip is a modern version of Samsung Exynos chips


Last month, the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were introduced, one of the features of which was the chip. The company positions it as a product of its own design. It was not said directly about this, but informed sources say that it was not without Samsung. There is new evidence that the company is trying to sell Exynos under the guise of a proprietary Tensor.

Anandtech resource expert Andrei Frumusanu, rummaging through the Pixel 6 firmware, found code fragments indicating that Tensor relates to Exynos chips. In fact, this is an intermediate version between Exynos 2100 and Exynos 2200, which received the Exynos 9845 (S5E9845) model number. For information, the model number for the Exynos 2100 chip is Exynos 9840 (S5E9840).

This information only confirms that Google did not create the chip from scratch, but went along the path of tuning Exynos. True, serious work was done on the processor and in terms of performance, it does not graze the back ones. The results are not outstanding, but decent. It is impossible not to recall a special computing neuro module; which contributes to the speed and improvement of photo processing.

It is also worth recalling that the company has extended the device support period. Sixth-generation Pixel smartphones will receive security updates for five years, and chip tweaking comes in handy.

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Google is already developing a second-generation Tensor SoC for the next Pixel

Specialists have found an interesting link in the source code of the Pixel 6 smartphones. It mentions what, according to experts, looks like a second-generation Google Tensor chipset. The chip mentioned in the code is currently codenamed Cloudripper.

It has been speculated that Cloudripper is not actually the codename for either the upcoming chipset or the alleged Pixel 7. It is likely the codename for the platform in use to develop the chip, which we also know as the GS201. It’s worth noting that the current Tensor chip is GS101. It is not surprising that the company started developing the new chip; immediately after the launch of the current generation model. However, this also means that the Tensor chipset was not a one-off development; but became the ancestor of a new family, like the Apple A4 in 2010.

Recall that the Tensor chipset, which formed the basis of the Pixel 6 smartphones, has a somewhat unusual combination of processing cores. It has two high-performance Cortex-X1 with a frequency of 2.8 GHz; two slightly less powerful Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.25 GHz; and four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 with a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz. GPU Mali-G78 is responsible for graphics processing. The chipset, like all current flagship solutions, is 5nm process technology chip.

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