Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Chrome at Google Inc., holds up a new Chromebook Pixel as he speaks during an introductory event in San Francisco, Calif., On Thursday, February 21, 2013. Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, introduced a touchscreen version of the Chromebook laptop, increasing its challenge to Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. for hardware.
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Google is nearing the introduction of its own central processing units, or CPUs, for its Chromebook laptops, according to a Wednesday report by Nikkei Asia quoting people familiar with the matter.
According to reports, the U.S. tech giant plans to start using its CPUs in Chromebooks and tablets that run on the company’s Chrome operating system from around 2023. Google didn’t immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.
CPUs can be thought of as the brains of a computer as they perform all of the main tasks of a machine. Google currently uses CPUs from Intel and AMD to power its Chromebooks. Google’s new chips are reportedly based on blueprints from Arm, the British chip designer at SoftBank, whose chip architectures power 90% of the world’s smartphones.
At the beginning of the month, Google announced that it would build its own smartphone processor called the Google Tensor. The chip will power the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices, which will go on sale in the fall.
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