Google Stated to Faucet Samsung 5G Modem Tech for Subsequent Pixel Flagship

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Google will faucet Samsung to produce the 5G modem for its subsequent flagship Pixel good cellphone, sources accustomed to the matter instructed Reuters, signaling the primary win for the Korean agency in a US market dominated by Qualcomm Inc.

Earlier this month, Google disclosed that it has designed its personal processor chip to energy its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional high-end telephones, ending its full reliance on Qualcomm, which can nonetheless provide chips for the lower-priced Pixel 5A.

Nikkei Asia earlier reported Samsung will manufacture the processor for Google, a unit of Alphabet. Two sources accustomed to the matter instructed Reuters Samsung may even provide the 5G modem know-how.

Samsung’s transfer to supply Pixel’s modem know-how is necessary as a result of the Korean agency is one in every of solely three firms on the planet able to making 5G modems that join gadgets to wi-fi information networks. The others are Qualcomm, the market chief by a large margin, and Taiwan’s MediaTek.

Samsung broadly makes use of its Exynos modem know-how in its personal flagship smartphones in Asia and Europe. But it surely has lengthy relied on Qualcomm to supply modems for US variations.

That’s partly as a result of Qualcomm has a know-how lead in a variant of 5G networking referred to as millimeter wave, which offers the quickest speeds accessible with the brand new networks. Up to now, all good telephones launched in the USA – together with Apple’s iPhone – have used Qualcomm chips to faucet millimeter wave networks.

Samsung instructed Reuters its new modem know-how was able to millimeter wave networking, and Google stated its new telephones will assist millimeter wave networks as earlier variations did, although neither firm would remark instantly on whether or not they’re working collectively on the brand new Pixel.

Successful Google’s Pixel enterprise provides Samsung its first huge likelihood to point out off its chipmaking expertise to the broader cellphone trade, which has lengthy been cautious of shopping for a key part from a fierce rival, stated Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at TIRIAS Analysis. The Korean agency has by no means earlier than bought its 5G modem chip know-how to an outdoor firm.

Qualcomm in a press release stated it retained its know-how lead as a result of its millimeter wave know-how relied on different chips along with the modem. “A modem will not be sufficient to assist millimeter wave in telephones,” Qualcomm stated.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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