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Google Unveiled Its Tensor Chip Powering The Pixel 6 Series Smartphones

Last year we started hearing rumours of Google working on its very own custom chip. Before the end of last year, rumours started getting strong. In August this year, Google went ahead and officially teased its custom silicon. The search engine giant also confirmed the name of its upcoming cheap as Google Tensor. At the same time, Google also confirmed that the upcoming Pixel 6 Series will be powered by their very own chip Google Tensor.

Early this month when Google scheduled the launch event of the Pixel 6 Series for 19th October. It has been fixed that Google Tensor will also debut in the same event. As expected Google held its event today where the company announced Google Tensor followed by Pixel 6 Series smartphones. We have covered Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in a separate article which you can check out from here. Here, in this article, our main focus will be on Google Tensor.

The Google Tensor is built on a 5nm process. Where other companies reveal the number of transistors in the chip, Google doesn’t have any wording on that. It might be possible because the number wasn’t crazy and they don’t want to show it off. Moving towards CPU the Tensor has a 2+2+4 core configuration. There are two high-performance Cortex-X1 cores, two medium performance Cortex-A76 cores, and 4 high-efficiency Cortex-A55 cores.

Some other premium chips are using 1+3+4 configuration where one core is Cortex-X1, three cores are Cortex-A78 and four cores are Cortex-A55. Google has done a little bit differently instead of going one Cortex-X1 core they have actually put two Cortex-X1 cores. The medium cores are older Cortex-A76, not the latest Cortex-A78 other premium chips are using. It is done to achieve a high level of power efficiency.

The company did make a claim about the Tensor CPU performance but it is not that relevant. They said the Tensor CPU performance is 70% better than our last pixel. But do you remember which chip Google used in last year’s Pixel? That was a mid-range Snapdragon 765G. So a performance boost of 80% over a mid-range chip is not something very astonishing. We will have to wait for the real world and benchmark performance of the Tensor CPU.

On the GPU front, Google has used a 20-core CPU. They didn’t reveal much about the GPU they are using. But again with such a high number of cores, a huge boost in GPU performance is expected. The Tensor GPU is said to be 370% faster than last year’s Pixel chip, the Snapdragon 765G.

Google’s best bet is not on CPU and GPU performance but it is on AI performance. Although they didn’t reveal any specific number of what the Tensor can do in processing AI-related tasks. But Google has added AI features like HDR Net that is Google’s HDR algorithm for videos. Other than that they have added features like face unblur, magic eraser, etc. AI has also improved Google voice regulation capabilities. This is all about Google’s all-new Tensor chip. I would like to know your thoughts about the Google Tensor.


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