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Google Picks Qualcomm Rival Samsung To Make Its Pixel 6 5G Modem

According to reports from Reuters, Samsung and not Qualcomm will produce the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro 5G modem. The news agency has cited “sources familiar with the matter”.

Samsung joins the 5G party with its own Exynos 5100 modem - The Verge

Qualcomm has been the major supplier of processors for Android smartphones. Even its 5G modem has been widely used in the newest 5G enabled phones, powering the iPhone 12 series, Pixel and Asus phones.

Samsung, on the other hand, is a major semi-conductor company that produces its own processor the “Exynos”. Although, Samsung uses Qualcomm’s processors for its own smartphones that ship in the US market.

This choice by Google by a tiny bit reduce Qualcomm’s monopoly hold of 5G modems in the US market. Google will still use its own processor the Tensor, and Samsung’s 5G modem instead of Qualcomm.

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Google’s promo image for the Tensor SoC

The tech company emphasized its own chip inside the new Pixel 6 phones. Generally called Tensor SoC. Google hasn’t revealed all of the components of the phones, for instance, the new Titan M2 chip is used for security.

Google has been developing the Tensr chip for Four years now.

Parent Company, Alphabet CEO, Sundar Pichai on Twitter said

So excited to share our new custom Google Tensor chip, which has been 4 yrs in the making ( for scale)! Tensor builds off of our 2 decades of computing experience and it’s our biggest innovation in Pixel to date. Will be on Pixel 6 + Pixel 6 Pro in fall.

Just like Windows TPM chip for security on Windows, Google has its own chip for security.

The Google Pixel 6

Google’s choice to use Samsung’s own processor might be a result of the current global chip storage. This has affected Qualcomm’s global supply. Other companies like Samsung and Tesla have invested so much R&D into making and expanding their own chipset.

This reduces their dependency on major manufacturers like Qualcomm and keeps production in check in order to satisfy demand.



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