After relying on Samsung’s foundry a lot, Google is reportedly making strides in switching to Taiwan-based TSMC for chip manufacturing. As per the latest update, Google has gone a step ahead handing over a self-developed Tensor G5 SoC to Taiwan-based KYEC for testing purposes according to a Taiwanese publication Economic Daily.
KYEC is a testing facility where new chips are tested ahead of their manufacturing. The testing is expected to commence sometime in the middle of this year. We are referring to the Tensor G5 SoC that will be integrated into the Google Pixel 10 series arriving later next year.
Google is making its move from Samsung’s Exynos chip foundation which it relied on heavily, due to power efficiency and performance issues. Exynos chips have always lagged behind Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC although the former is trying to close the gap. For instance, the newly launched Exynos 2400 pits against the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC although the real-life reviews for the former are yet to arrive.
Samsung will continue to manufacture Tensor G4 SoCs for the Google Pixel 9 series arriving later this year. It will be loosely based on the Exynos 2400 SoC that made its debut with the Samsung Galaxy S24 series on January 17th. It is reportedly based on a 4nm SoC with a 1.7x improved CPU performance and a 14.7x increase in AI performance.
Google will move to an even more efficient 3nm process for the Tensor G5 SoC made by TSMC. It is codenamed “Laguna” and since it uses an advanced fab node, this will improve performance and power efficiency by manifold. Additionally, moving to TSMC gives Google complete authority over its custom self-developed chipset that will heavily focus on AI as a norm.