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Google’s Pixel 6 May Use New Whitechapel Chip

Google’s upcoming phones for this fall, including the presumed Pixel 6, will apparently be among the first devices to sport the “GS101” Whitechapel chip, according to 9to5Google.

The website also claims that in the document it saw, the codename Slider was mentioned and was connected to Whitechapel. “From what we can piece together, we believe that Slider is a shared platform for the first Whitechapel SoC,” it wrote. “Internally, Google refers to this chip as ‘GS101,’ with ‘GS’ potentially being short for ‘Google Silicon’”.

9to5Google adds that the first phones that will use the Slider platform are codenamed the Raven and Oriole, which were first reported on by the website in August 2020 after it obtained a leaked document.

Meanwhile, XDA Developers (thanks, The Verge) says that its source had corroborated the news of the new Pixel phones using the GS101. Additionally, the SoC is said to have a “3 cluster setup with a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit)” and “something called ‘Dauntless’ which seems related to integrated Citadel (Titan M security chip)”.

Whitechapel was first mentioned in a report by Axios from April 2020, which said that Google had made “significant progress” in developing its own processor, which will eventually be seen in not just Pixel phones but Chromebooks as well. The chip is designed with Samsung’s help and uses 5nm technology and an 8-core ARM processor. It also has optimized hardware for Google’s machine-learning tech.

In recent weeks, Google received its first working versions of the chip. However, the Google-designed chips aren't expected to be ready to power Pixel phones until next year,” Axios wrote at the time. “Subsequent versions of Google's chip could power Chromebooks, but that's likely to be even further off.”


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