Google claims to have made the Tensor chip visible in its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones because the products of other chip manufacturers are not good enough.
Google Product Manager Monica Gupta made a statement during the Pixel Fall Launch livestream, explaining why Tensor, the first private-label mobile chip, was developed.
“Mobile chips just couldn’t keep up with Google’s research, and instead of waiting for them to catch up, we made our own,” she said during a live broadcast.
“Every aspect of Tensor is designed to run Google’s machine learning models. […] We built our chips on where the machine learning models are heading, not where they are. “
The Tensor chip was unveiled earlier in October when Google unceremoniously unveiled the Pixel 6 on Twitter. It is built using the same Arm architecture as Apple’s A-series and Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.
But according to Google, the chip is optimized for its own artificial intelligence technology. According to Google senior vice president Rick Osterloh, the company has been held back by competing chipmakers for years.
“Tensor, a mobile community built around our vision for ambient computing and artificial intelligence. […] With Tensor, we can realize our own vision of smartphones, ”he said.
“The Tensor Chip is specifically designed to offer Google’s greatest AI advancements on mobile. This is an area that we have held back for years. “
Google hasn’t revealed the full specs of the chip, other than the fact that it has key features like a dedicated security core and the Titan M2 chip, which Google claims makes it the most secure system on the Pixel.
Google’s Gupta said the chip was designed to better handle real-world situations using a heterogeneous computing model. This is where the chip focuses on using multiple cores to handle workloads rather than the clock speed of each core.
“We make sure different systems work together and not at peak speeds. Peak speeds look good in benchmarks, but they don’t reflect real-world experiences, ”she said.
Obviously, therefore, the device could offer key features including real-time language translations, better camera processing, and better power efficiency than previous Pixels.
The Tensor chip will debut on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro when Google’s new flagships launch on October 28. We haven’t had a phone long enough to make a final verdict on them, but you can check out associate editor Max Parker’s first impressions in his hands-on Pixel 6 review and Pixel 6 Pro review.
We’ll update both parts with our final verdict when we feel we’ve had enough time with the devices to properly evaluate them.
The news follows Qualcomm, which has traditionally supplied chips for top Android phones. The firm sold his AI research and possibilities as a key argument in favor of its latest Snapdragon 888 chip. We contacted Qualcomm to comment on Google’s comments but received no response at the time of posting.