Google has delayed the launch of its fully custom chip, codenamed Redondo, for Pixel smartphones until 2025, according to sources. Originally planned for release in the coming year, the chip will replace the semicustom chips designed in partnership with Samsung. Google has also decided to transition from Samsung to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) for chip production, with TSMC’s 3-nanometer manufacturing process set to be utilized for the upcoming Laguna chip in 2025.
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 July 2023 – Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL.O), has decided to postpone the launch of its fully custom chip for Pixel smartphones until 2025, according to sources cited by The Information. The chip, codenamed Redondo, was initially planned for release next year as a replacement for the semicustom chips currently designed in partnership with Samsung Electronics (005930.KS).
In addition to the delay, Google will also be transitioning from Samsung to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) (2330.TW) for the production of their chips, known as Tensors. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, boasts renowned clients such as Apple (AAPL.O) and Nvidia (NVDA.O).
Both Google and TSMC have not provided an immediate response to Reuters’ request for comment.
Meanwhile, Google will continue its collaboration with Samsung for another year and anticipate the introduction of a fully custom-designed chip in 2025, internally known as Laguna, as reported by The Information. The Laguna chip will leverage TSMC’s advanced 3-nanometer manufacturing process, currently the most advanced in the world.