As it stands, Google has heavily customized its own Tensor series chipsets for the Pixel series of devices. At heart, however, the designs are still largely based on Samsung’s Exynos foundation. Google also uses a Samsung foundry to manufacture the aforementioned chips. According to industry sources, Google is working to restructure the setup to have more control over its custom chip designs.
We already know that Tensor G3 is also with Samsung. It’s destined to power the Pixel 8 phones. It may well be too late to make any changes in this regard. Apparently, Google does plan to move to an entirely in-house design for the Tensor G4 chip in the Pixel 07 series. Those plans also allegedly fell through, and the G4 custom chip design, code-named “Redondo,” may never materialize because of coordination difficulties and high turnover between Google’s U.S. and India teams.
This means that Google is likely to continue working with Samsung on the Tensor G4 generation and the Pixel 07 series. However, sources say the Tensor G5 chipset, code-named “Laguna,” could be the first to be developed entirely in-house by Google. It’s targeting a 2025 potential launch, and if the rumors are true, Google may be counting on TSMC to make “Laguna” chips on a 3nm process.
Of course, this is only speculation at this time, we are looking into the future. Regardless, a fully in-house chip design could open up a whole new world of possibilities for Google to create hardware to accelerate its myriad of advanced smartphone features and innovate further.