Rumors that Google is working on its own system on a chip (SoC) have been swirling since 2020, and today a new report claims the company will launch its first SoC in its next flagship. According to the documentation 9to5Google said he saw, the chipset, codenamed Whitechapel, will be able to Pixel Phones which are expected to launch this fall.
Previous reports had indicated that Whitechapel would be an SoC for phones and Chromebooks, and that Google had worked with Samsung to develop the processors. Today’s article from 9to5Google points out a connection to Samsung’s Exynos chipsets, noting that Whitechapel “is under development with Samsung Semiconductor’s Large Scale System Integration Division (SLSI).”
There are several code names called in 9to5Google report, including “GS101,” which according to the outlet is the company’s internal nickname for the chip. 9to5Google also speculates that the letters GS could represent Google Silicon. Another code name highlighted in this report is “Slider” which the post says is a “shared platform for the first Whitechapel SoC”. Slider is linked to several other projects, including two other code names – “Raven” and “Oriole”. It’s believed to be the next Pixel flagships set to launch this fall, with one of them slated to be the Pixel 6.
Google declined to comment on this report when Engadget asked for confirmation. Given the company’s history of using codenames and the lingering rumors surrounding Whitechapel, this report carries some weight. With phone makers like SamsungWith Apple, Huawei, and Xiaomi having already made or appearing to switch to their own chipsets, it’s no surprise that Google could follow suit. While none of this is official yet, and we’re still months away from the expected launch of the Pixel 6 (which usually happens in October), it’s likely we’ll continue to hear more about this Google SoC as we go. we rush to fall.