It is stated that Google has developed a processor named ‘Whitechapel’ to terminate Qualcomm domination in smartphone processors. The new smartphone processor is said to be on the market next year.
Qualcomm is one of the most controversial brands in the Android smartphone industry. Of course, this is not because Qualcomm produces bad products, but because it has almost no competitor in its smartphone chipsets. Except for Huawei phones, several Samsung phones using Exynos chipsets and some companies working with MediaTek, a sector without Qualcomm is unthinkable.
It cannot be said that the company did a bad job in the smartphone processor market dominated by Qualcomm, but it would not be bad if there was some competition. According to the news published in Axios, this competition will not take long to start because Google is developing its own smartphone processor, which is said to be available next year.
The project’s code name is ‘Whitechapel’:
Of course, you can ask the question: “Hasn’t Google already developed a chipset called Pixel Visual Core?” However, the chip here is the main processor on phones and this main processor can replace Snapdragon used on all previous Pixel phones.
According to the news in Axios, the code name of the new chip is ‘Whitechapel’ and this chip is being built with an 8-core ARM processor and 5 nm production architecture. The processor is designed in collaboration with Samsung. It is among the information that the new chip was developed with a focus on machine learning and optimizing with Google Assistant.
Google is said to be working on versions of the new chip in recent weeks, but the Pixel 5, which is expected to be released this year, is not expected to be available with the Whitechapel chipset. The new processor is expected to be released in 2021.
So what’s the use of Google’s transition from Qualcomm to its own processor? Being able to control the entire ecosystem, like Apple does, can be a great move for the company. In this case, more support for updates, tighter control of Pixel phones, and more control over what features to focus on in the future.