The information noted that Google initially intended to introduce the 2024 Pixel series with a fully custom Tensor SoC codenamed “Redondo,” internally known as RDO, constructed on a TSMC manufacturing node. The chip was, however, too late to be incorporated into the Pixel 9 series in 2024 owing to a missed deadline since semiconductor development is a lengthy process, typically commencing years before release. Google needs a new chip to become the Tensor G4 now that Redondo is no longer an option.
A new chip with the codename “Zuma Pro” is the answer to this issue. Note that the Tensor G3 SoC, which will power the Pixel 8 series, is also known as “Zuma.” In other words, the chip operates under the development board codename “Ripcurrent Pro”, whereas the development board codename of Tensor G3 is only “Ripcurrent”. The new chip, which is still semi-custom and was created in collaboration with Samsung’s System LSI business, will probably represent a less significant advancement than was originally anticipated.
In accordance with earlier reports, Google is attempting to switch the Tensor G5 development from Samsung to TSMC. It was also said that the Tensor G5 CPU will be an entire custom-made processor from Google, so it is clear that the Tensor G5 will not be following any steps of the Exynos. And we know that the Tensor G5 CPU will debut around 2025, so Samsung’s System LSI and Samsung Foundry will not be serving Google. Several reports suggest that the Pixel 10 will bring the Tensor G5 CPU to the general public.
Google’s Pixel 8 series:
Google’s Pixel 8 series, with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro models, will be launched on October 4, 2023, and both models will be powered by the Tensor G3. The primary camera sensors on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will be larger ISOCELL GN2 devices. While the Pixel 8 will include a 12 MP ultrawide camera, the Pixel 8 Pro also has a 64 MP ultrawide camera. According to rumors, the Pixel 8 Pro includes a 48MP telephoto camera with a 5x optical zoom.
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