9to5Google can report today that Google’s upcoming phones this fall, including the supposed Pixel 6, will be among the first devices to run on the “GS101” Whitechapel chip.
During a earnings call last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai teased “some deeper investment in hardware” and that it was a “fantastic roadmap ahead” in 2021. Many interpreted it as a confirmation that Google would develop its own processors, an experiment with code names . “Whitechapel.”
First rumored in early 2020, Whitechapel is an attempt by Google to create its own systems on a chip (SoC) to be used in Pixel phones and Chromebooks, similar to how Apple uses its own chips in iPhone and Mac. Google was said to be involved in developing Whitechapel with Samsung, whose Exynos chips compete with Snapdragon processors in the Android space.
According to this report, Google would be ready to launch devices with Whitechapel chips as soon as 2021
The document uses Whitechapel in connection with the code name “Slider” – a reference we have also found in the Google Camera app. From what we can put together, we believe that Slider is a shared platform for the first Whitechapel SoC. Internally, Google refers to this piece as “GS101”, with “GS” potentially is an abbreviation for «Google Silicon.
If we look at other projects related to “Slider”, we find that the code name is also directly linked to Samsung, including references to Samsung Exynos. From the references, it seems that Whitechapel is being developed with Samsung Semiconductor’s system for large-scale integration (SLSI), which means that the Google chips will have some common features with Samsung Exynos, including software components.
The first phones built on this “Slider” platform are “Raven” and “Oriole”, two Pixel code names that we leaked last year. We reported that the two phones are set to be released side by side this fall, presumably as the Pixel 6 and a phone that hopefully will not be called the “Pixel 5a 5G.”
If you put it all together, the fall Made by Google phones will not use chips made by Qualcomm, but will instead be built on Google’s own Whitechapel hardware platform with the help of Samsung.
Google declined to comment on our story.
Dylan Roussel and Abner Li contributed to this article
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