Rumor: Google will together with chip manufacturers to work socs




Google in talks with manufacturers to design their own chips for Android devices. By participating in the design process would Google the hardware fragmentation on Android market to counteract.

Amir Efrati of The Information claims that Google this fall held talks with chip manufacturers. Google representatives would have let designing chips show that they would like to develop in partnership with manufacturers. It would among other things, move a full soc.

According to AppleInsider writes Efrati that Google with its own chip design, in particular, wants to bring about improved camera processing. That should make it possible to speed up pictures and capturing continuously to the environment, while the photos are sent to Google for analysis. Google also would like to make processors with a larger cache and the company is interested in better motion sensors and infrared sensors for measuring distances.

However, it is questionable whether chip makers such as Qualcomm and MediaTek want to trade in their own developed techniques for Google. According Efrati prefer chipmakers their own technology over others, because they then provide licensed and thus make money. If Google is going to determine the characteristics of chips, then it is for the chip makers also harder to distinguish themselves from each other.

The reason for Google to interfere with the chip design would mainly result from the hardware fragmentation in the market for Android devices. Because Apple designs its own socs, that manufacturer can respond more easily to new technology with its operating system iOS. Because Google must consider many different chips, it is more difficult to add new features in Android or techniques that depend on chips or sensors.

Google would be self designed socs might be able to use it to differentiate its own hardware from the competition. Currently, the Nexus smartphones made ​​by other manufacturers, but the design of eg the pixel C has Google fully in control. In this hybrid Google now uses an Nvidia Tegra X1-soc.


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