Pixel 6 with Tensor: Google is building its own AI chips in its premium mobile phone for the first time


Google has developed its own system on a chip (SoC) for its next generation of mobile phones. It goes by the name of tensor and is optimized for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Google expects this to lead to significant advances in photography and videography as well as speech recognition – data protection-friendly directly on the mobile phone instead of having to load data into the cloud.

That comes from an advance notice from Google on Monday. In the fall, the data group would like to bring two new cell phone models onto the market, the Pixel 6 and the slightly larger Pixel 6 Pro. These are the first smartphones for which Google developed the central chipset itself. The processor name Tensor, introduced at Google I / O 2016, serves as the brand for its own SoC.

“As more and more features are based on AI and ML, it is not just about adding more computing power,” explains Google’s head of terminal equipment Rick Osterloh in a blog post. In this case, the Tensor SoC is designed to improve and accelerate the automatic processing of photos and videos. There is also a new security chip called Titan M2 on board.

In particular, Google wants to sharpen blurry photos immediately with its AI algorithms. In 2019, Google managed to reduce the previously 100 GB model for speech recognition and processing to half a gigabyte. As part of Google’s big data protection initiative, voice recognition and assistant were implemented locally on pixel cell phones instead of in the cloud for the first time – with modest reductions in recognition accuracy. The Tensor SoC should now increase the accuracy, support more languages ​​and offer better live translations and subtitling.

The rear cameras, which are built into a black, protruding bar across the back of the cell phone, are also new. Pixel 6 gets three sensors, one with a particularly wide-angle lens, Pixel 6 Pro also has a 4x zoom lens. Google has that The Verge betray. The screens will have 6.4 and 6.7 inches in diameter and a refresh rate of 90 and 120 Hertz, respectively. the fingerprint sensor is integrated directly into the screen glass.

Google has not yet revealed the release date and prices for the two Android phones. A four-digit price would not be a surprise – after all, the expensive advertising campaign planned for the fourth quarter should pay off.


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