The Pixel 6’s new SoC, Tensor, can help shape the future of Google devices

Google Tensor

Tensor, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro chip, will shake up the market, according to Google.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are now official products from Google. Monday, the Mountain View company confirmed the new smartphones. This confirmed some of the leaks that had come out before, but it didn’t confirm everything. One of the most important things is the use of a chip called Tensor, which is the first system-on-a-chip (SoC) made by Californians.

Google hasn’t said much about Tensor’s features or how well it works yet, but it has opened the door to a very interesting path. The company says that its new processor will help artificial intelligence and machine learning reach a new level.

Last week, Google’s head of hardware, Rick Osterloh, showed a small group of US reporters how this works. The manager didn’t talk about benchmarks or specifics about Tensor’s performance, but he did tell The Verge that it will be “the market leader.” But he stressed that AI will be the thing that sets them apart from the competition.

“AI is the future of our innovative work, but computer difficulties have halted us. So, we built a mobile platform to provide Pixel users cutting-edge AI and machine intelligence.. We decided to make our own SoC so the Pixel 6 could run. Now, after many years, it’s almost here.”

Tensor is the Google processor for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, said that the company spent four years making the new SoC. He wrote on Twitter, “Tensor builds on our 20 years of computer experience and is our biggest Pixel innovation to date.” People in Mountain View are sure that their new chip will change the game, and the public is excited about this, but there is still a lot to learn.

Osterloh told Engadget that Tensor is an ARM processor built around a TPU, like Google’s data centres. The SoC’s name refers to the California-made machine learning library TensorFlow.

Image processing and capture 

Google showcased image processing demos to test the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s processor. Video capturing would have been the most intriguing part of the photography segment.

The media that looked at the information talk about a comparison that was made when the same scene (a sunset on a beach) was recorded in HDR, in a 4K configuration, at 30 frames per second. The Pixel 6, Pixel 5, and iPhone 12 Pro Max were the phones that were used. The Pixel 6 would have given the best results.

It’s interesting, but not surprising, that the Pixel 6 takes better videos than any other Pixel. Google phones have always been weakest in the video department. But the fact that it can record as well as or better than a top-of-the-line iPhone puts the phone on a different level. We still don’t know if the results of the test can be relied on in the real world. But logically, it seems likely that the possibility is there.

Tensor is Google’s Pixel 6 chip

Osterloh said that the reason the quality of the videos is getting better is because Tensor can use the HDRNet process on each frame of the footage. This is the same process that Google already uses for photos.

On the other hand, he also said that they redesigned the image processor and rebuilt the memory architecture to make it easier to access RAM. He even said that in some areas, “their image processing algorithms are directly coded in the hardware.”

Not everything pertains to photographs and videos

Google showed off the power of Tensor in the Pixel 6 in other ways that didn’t have to do with photos and videos. The new SoC developed in Mountain View will also help a lot with tasks like converting speech to text. For example, the chip can process the transcript locally, without having to connect to the internet.

The hardware can also translate from one language to another in real time as a video plays. But that’s not everything. Voice dictation is now almost instant, and you can even change words as you speak by using the keyboard.

Possible larger Tensor SoC than Pixels

Google will talk a lot about the benefits of the Tensor chip and how well it works with AI and machine learning in the coming months. The hardest part might be making sure that these features are appealing to the general public, which takes a smart marketing campaign.

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But it’s also true that the future of the new SoC made in Mountain View might not be tied to the Pixel family of smartphones alone.

Why not think of Tensor as the hardware that will run Chromebooks or smartwatches with the new WearOS in the near future? If Google really goes down this path, its own chips would be able to do anything.

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