Google’s Pixel 7 smartphones will launch in October 2022. The Pixel Watch and Pixel tablet will also be unveiled. Google stated that the future Pixel devices would include Samsung’s Tensor G2 processor. The Pixel 6’s Tensor processor was Google’s first in-house semiconductor.
Google co-developed and Samsung Foundry produced the chip. With the recent information, we can anticipate what Samsung’s third-generation Tensor chip will be called. The official teaser confirms Samsung’s Tensor G2 name and release date. 6.10.
Other features in smartphone chipsets also effect performance. Google created the initial Tensor chipset for machine learning. So-called heterogeneous computation, which pushes specialised tasks to distinct or customised hardware rather than general-purpose CPUs, has a higher influence on apparent device performance than single-threaded increases. Not only large benchmarks, but how we utilise our phones. Speech recognition, translation, sophisticated camera functions, AR/VR, and other specialised processes are becoming increasingly popular. More than a few ARM cores and a GPU are needed.
The original Tensor contained Google’s HDRNet image processing pipeline in hardware, enabling greater specialised and direct performance than a general purpose ISP. Google added a security core (paired with a separate Titan M2 chip running “Trusty OS”). While these information haven’t emerged for G2, you can guarantee Google will add them. This is why a corporation would design a proprietary smartphone chipset. Google would have used Qualcomm otherwise.
The G2 will likely contain more optimizations and advancements in Google’s heterogeneous computation architecture, putting new camera and machine learning functions in hardware. At I/O, Google said the upcoming chipset will bring “AI-heavy breakthroughs and helpful personalised experiences across speech, photography, video, and security.” While the original GS101 Tensor was based on Samsung’s Exynos designs, future models, like Tensor G2, may diverge from this base as Google’s needs change.
Notable is Google’s 2+2+4 core arrangement. Other chipmakers haven’t followed Google’s lead in incorporating many “super-big” cores. Phil Carmack (VP and GM of Google Silicon) told Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo that this design was chosen to boost efficiency at “medium” workloads by being able to throw more resources at a job to complete it quickly and return to a low-power state faster.
Tensor G2 is expected to begin production in June 2022, thus leaks will certainly increase shortly. Google has a history of using leak season to promote its own features. Soon, we’ll know more. Pixel 7 series will launch at October’s Made by Google event.
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