Bits of gossip about Google working on its own system on chip (SoC) have been twirling since 2020, and today another report declares that the organization will make a big appearance its first SoC in its next flagship. As per documentation 9to5Google says it saw, the chipset, codenamed Whitechapel, will power Pixel phones that are scheduled to launch this fall.
Prior reports had demonstrated that Whitechapel would be a SoC for phones and Chromebooks, and that Google had been working with Samsung to build up the processors. The present article from 9to5Google features an association with Samsung’s Exynos chipsets, taking note of that Whitechapel “is being developed with Samsung Semiconductor’s system large-scale integration (SLSI) division.”
There are a few codenames called out in 9to5Google’s report, including “GS101”, which the outlet says is an interior organization moniker for the chip. 9to5Google additionally estimates that the letters GS could represent Google Silicon. Another codename featured in this report is “Slider” which the publication believes is a “shared platform for the first Whitechapel SoC.”
Slider is connected to a few different projects, including two more codenames — “Raven” and “Oriole.” These are believedto be upcoming Pixel leads scheduled for launch this fall, with one of them expected to be the Pixel 6.
Google declined to comment on this report when Engadget connected for affirmation. Given the organization’s history of codename use and the persistent rumors around Whitechapel, this report carry some weight. With phone creators like Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi having effectively made or seeming to move to their own chipsets, it’s not amazing that Google could be doing likewise.
While none of this is official yet we’re still months from the normal Pixel 6 launch (which typically occurs in October), it’s conceivable we’ll keep on hearing more about this Google SoC as we rush towards fall.