Google worries Qualcomm after announcing its first custom designed processor

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Google worries Qualcomm after announcing its first custom designed processor

Google announced its first custom designed processor Pixel Visual Core exclusively to camera image processing. Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) Stock has dropped 1.01% after the announcement. It worried Qualcomm which makes the Snapdragon processor chips for Google’s Pixel and Nexus smartphone. However, Google said it has no plan to change reliance on Qualcomm just yet.

Google said the chip will help the smartphone handle images with high dynamic range (HDR), which can capture more detail in mixed lighting situations. It is designed to deliver maximum image processing performance while using minimum power. The Pixel Visual Core has a single Cortex A53 core, DDR4 RAM, 8 IPU cores, and a PCIe line as a bus to the rest of the system.

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones just became the highest-rated smartphone cameras. The Pixel Visual Core is currently in the Pixel 2, but it doesn’t work yet. Google wrap it around its eight IPU cores and connect to the Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Google said it has no immediate plans to sell the chip to others. Pixel Visual Core wasn’t even mentioned in Google’s keynote at the launch of the new Pixel 2. However, the new component has shown Google’s ambition towards semiconductors.

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