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Google unveils first in-house chip to power new Pixel phones

Move is latest example of tech giants seeking chip independence to boost performance

Tensor, Google's own mobile processor, will replace Qualcomm chips in the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. (Photo courtesy of Google) 

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Google announced on Monday that it will launch its latest Pixel smartphones in the fall with one big innovation: the new lineup will be powered by a chip developed in-house for the first time. 

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will use Tensor, Google's first mobile system on a chip, which is a single chip that integrates a group of processing units and increases computing power in an energy-efficient way. 

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