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Google’s custom Chromebook CPUs could come as soon as 2023

Google’s custom chips could develop previous the Pixel 6 to Chromebook laptops and tablets as early as 2023, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia on the corporate’s increasing emphasis on designing its personal processors.

The corporate is already making ready to launch its first main custom chip this fall, with the Pixel 6’s upcoming Tensor SoC. The report additionally strains up with rumors from 2020 that Google was planning in-house Chromebook chips after it debuted the idea on Pixel telephones — one thing we now know is occurring in just a few weeks.

However the Nikkei Asia report does be aware just a few further particulars, together with the aforementioned 2023 timing; a affirmation that, just like the Tensor chip, the Chromebook CPUs can be primarily based on Arm; and that Google is trying to develop them for each laptop computer and tablet-style type elements.

The rumor doesn’t point out what Google’s plans are for its custom Chromebook chips. It’s been practically two years because it released the Pixelbook Go (the one Google-made Chromebook that the corporate at present sells) and shut to a few since its last tablet, the lackluster Pixel Slate.

There aren’t quite a lot of particulars on what Google hopes to perform with its Chromebook chips (for comparability, the corporate’s Tensor chip for Pixels appears to focus totally on AI efficiency), however the Nikkei Asia report does be aware that the corporate was notably impressed by Apple’s success in custom chips for each its iPhone and Mac merchandise. And whereas it would nonetheless be years away from actuality, the thought of Google engaging in an identical feat to Apple’s M1 chips for Chromebooks looks like a really intriguing chance.

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