Google planning debut TSMC-built Tensor chipset for 2025 flagships
The Information has shared details about future Google Tensor chipsets, picked up by the likes of 9to5Google. Currently, Google builds Tensor G2 using Samsung Foundry nodes, which have drawn criticism over the last few years for causing comparatively high power consumption, whether that be Tensor and Tensor G2, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the Exynos 2200. The same should also apply to the Tensor G3, which is expected to utilise the ARM v9 architecture with Cortex-X3, Cortex-A715 and Cortex-A510 CPU cores.
According to The Information, Google will pivot from Samsung Foundry to TSMC nodes, starting with Tensor G5. Supposedly, Google started testing a TSMC-derived chipset 'earlier this year', codenamed 'Redondo'. However, the website claims that Redondo will miss mass production deadlines for a 2024 release. As such, Google will use Redondo as a testbed for Tensor G5, with Tensor G4 relegated to remaining a Samsung Foundry-derived chipset.
Thus, Google's first 'fully customised' chipset will not arrive until 2025, likely debuting in the Pixel 10 and Pixel 10 Pro. Allegedly, Google is sourcing TSMC 3 nm nodes for Tensor G5, which is being developed under the codename 'Laguna'. Other details about Tensor G5 are unknown for now, although The Information believes that Google remains committed to developing Tensor chipsets with substantial ongoing investments.