Google has signed a deal with Intel to develop a chip for smartphones that is designed to be used for 4G services, including VoLTE, internet of things and virtual reality.
The chip is based on the Intel Atom processor, which is based in a new chip fab run by Qualcomm, the chip maker responsible for the Snapdragon processors used by the likes of Google and Apple.
Qualcomm is a huge player in the mobile industry, and Google’s partnership with Qualcomm marks the first time a tech giant has worked with the company, which has a massive presence in the chip industry.
Google is already using Qualcomm chips in its Pixel smartphone and Google Fiber, and now it will use the chip to power Google Home, Google’s smart speaker and a Google Home smart speaker.
The silicon is expected to be available by the end of 2020, according to a statement from Google.
The deal, which Google said will be made “in conjunction with Qualcomm Technologies”, means that Google is now in direct competition with Intel in the high-end mobile chip market.
The Intel Atom chips are being used in Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge and Bay Trail processors, and have been used in Google’s Pixel smartphone for a few years now.
The chip will also power Google’s Nest thermostat, Google Home and the Google Chromecast, as well as Google’s Project Tango virtual reality headset.
The announcement comes after Intel unveiled its new X-series processors last month, which are being made available for purchase in the US.