Rumors have been claiming that Facebook might be interested in making its own in-house processing chips. Now, it seems that the social network company is really planning to do this.
Bloomberg reported just yesterday that Facebook managed to snag one of Google’s top silicon engineering directors to head up its own efforts in the field.
Shahriar Rabii who is the former director of engineering in Google’s silicon division will take on the title of vice president and head of silicon at Facebook, according to his LinkedIn profile.
We don’t know what exactly he’ll be creating chips for.
“He’ll work under Andrew Bosworth, the company’s head of virtual reality and augmented reality, according to people familiar with the matter. Spokesmen for Facebook and Google declined to comment on Rabii’s move,” reports Bloomberg.
Google has been developing more chips for its upcoming devices. By the end of 2018 the Mountain View, California-based search giant plans to release brand new Pixel phones with upgraded cameras and an edge-to-edge screen on the new larger model.
Facebook and Google start making their own chips
Both Facebook and Google’s moves are a part of a trend in which tech companies are planning to supply themselves with semiconductors and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel and Qualcomm for instance.
Apple has been shipping its very own custom main processors in iPads and iPhones since back in 2010 and also created more chips for controlling Bluetooth, taking pictures, and conducting machine learning tasks.
By 2020, the iPhone maker hopes to start shipping Macs with its own main processors.
Facebook is also working on more future devices via its Oculus virtual reality division and Building 8 hardware divisions.
Having its own chips, Facebook would be able to gain control over product development and the company could better mix its hardware and software. Custom chips may also enhance the platform’s efforts in AI.