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Google Developing Own Processor for Chromebook laptops & Tablets

Google wants to use its own processors in Chromebooks and tablets that run on the Chrome operating system in around 2023.

by Akansha_B Updated: 05 Sep, 2021, 10:38 IST
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According to a report, Google is getting closer to releasing its own central processing units, or CPUs, for its Chromebook computers. Google plans to use its CPUs in Chromebooks and tablets that run on the company's Chrome OS. Apple phased out Intel-powered MacBooks last year and introduced the M-series chipsets in its replacement. With the Chrome OS devices, Google appears to be following a similar path. According to sources cited by Nikkei Asia, the American IT giant plans to venture into in-house chip manufacturing. According to the source, Google will be ready to roll out the chipset by 2023.

Google Developing Own Processor for Chromebook laptops & Tablets

CPUs are the brains of a computer, performing all of the machine's primary functions. Google's Chromebooks are presently powered by processors from Intel and AMD. According to reports, Google's new chips are based on designs from Arm, a SoftBank-owned British chip designer whose chip architectures power 90% of the world's smartphones.

Google revealed earlier this month that it will develop its own smartphone CPU, branded Google Tensor. The processor will be used in the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones, which will be released on 13 September.

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Key Highlights –

  • Google wants to use its own processors in Chromebooks and tablets that run on the Chrome operating system in around 2023.
  • Chromebooks are presently powered by processors manufactured by Intel and AMD.
  • According to reports, Google's new chips are based on designs from Arm, a SoftBank-owned British chip designer whose chip architectures power 90% of the world's smartphones.

Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, Baidu, and Alibaba Group Holding are among the companies aiming to develop their own chips for their device ecosystems. The semiconductor shortage is causing supply bottlenecks in both the IT and automotive industries. The decision to create its own microprocessor may allow Google to better manage the components.

According to the source, Google has requested a 50% increase in handset production capacity in 2019 compared to pre-pandemic levels. The Tensor SoC for Pixel phones was announced a while back, and Google is now on the lookout for world-class talent. The chip industry is planning to develop its own silicon TPU (Tensor Processing Unit). It is reported that it has hired talent from its major suppliers, including Intel, Qualcomm and MediaTek.

Google is one of the most major developers of operating systems in the world. The Android operating system is used by the majority of the world's leading smartphone makers, including Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. HP, Dell, Acer, AsusTek, and Lenovo have all licenced Google's Chrome OS to produce Chromebooks, which are lightweight computers primarily aimed at the education sector.

Google declined to comment other than to confirm that the Tensor mobile CPUs will be used in the forthcoming Pixel 6 smartphones.

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