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Google partners up with Chinese firm for custom SoC for Project Ara

Google seeks the help of Rockchip for a custom processor designed specifically for one of its most interesting projects: Project Ara
By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Aug 26, 2014 4:34 am

One of Google's most interesting new devices coming is its Project Ara, a modular smartphone. The company has announced that it has inked a deal with Rockship, a Chinese system-on-a-chip manufacturer to build a custom processor designed specifically for Project Ara.




According to project lead Paul Eremenko, the custom processor is a better fit for Project Ara, as the company wanted something more independent for its modular smartphone. Rockchip will achieve this, as it will be a solution that doesn't require a bridge chip. Eremenko has teased that his team has started the second design spiral just last month, and that Toshiba has successfully produced the first revision of a UniPro network switch and bridges last week.


Now that we're into the second design spiral, Eremenko said that we can expect a major new MDK and new developer hardware, as well as their second developers conference later in the year. Google should be showing off its new Rockchip UniPro processor in Project Ara's third design spiral, with a prototype ready to be unveiled early next year.


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