Google’s upcoming Pixel 9 series is rumored to feature an upgraded version of the Tensor G-series chipset. According to reports, Google has placed an order with Samsung for the production of the Tensor G4 chip, which will be used in the Pixel 9 phones.
The Tensor G3 chip, which is currently used in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, was a significant improvement over previous iterations. However, Google is now looking to further enhance its custom chip with the Tensor G4.
Initially, there were speculations that Google would turn to TSMC for the production of the Tensor G4 chip, breaking away from its reliance on Samsung. The previous report suggested that the Tensor G5, set to debut with the Pixel 10, would be produced by TSMC. However, it seems that Google has decided to stick with Samsung for another year.
According to reports from Korea, Google will produce the Tensor G4 chip using Samsung’s 4nm third-generation SF4P process. This is an updated version of the process used for the Tensor G3 chip. The use of an updated process is expected to provide minor improvements to the performance and efficiency of the chip.
It comes as no surprise that Google is collaborating with Samsung again, as they have had a longstanding partnership in chip production. The Tensor G4 is expected to be a minor upgrade compared to its predecessor, with more significant improvements reserved for the Tensor G5.
In September, a report revealed that the Tensor G4 chip will be codenamed “Zuma Pro.” It is said to use an updated version of the development board used for the Tensor G3 chip. However, more substantial enhancements are expected to be introduced with the release of the Tensor G5, codenamed “Laguna Beach.”
As with previous Pixel devices, Google’s focus on developing its own custom chipset showcases the company’s commitment to optimizing hardware and software integration. By creating their own chip, Google can tailor it specifically to their devices, resulting in better performance and a more seamless user experience.
The use of the Tensor G4 chip in the upcoming Pixel 9 series is certainly promising. As Google continues to refine its custom chip technology, we can expect further improvements in future Pixel devices, delivering an even higher level of performance and efficiency.