Even Facebook is designing its own processors, says a new report


It's not entirely surprising that yet another technology company is looking to start its own semiconductor team.

The outlet reports that Facebook is now in the early stages of building a team to design silicon semiconductors, an "end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization".

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Facebook has been posting jobs fitting computer chip development such as an ASIC development manager, asking for someone who can "Build and manage an end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organisation, including all aspects of front-end and back-end standard cell ASIC development". The US-based company will reduce dependence on chipmakers such as Intel and Qualcomm.

Recently, it was reported that Apple is also planning to make its own chipset and Amazon is also making custom hardware in order to improve Alexa. It's upcoming Oculus Go headset runs on Qualcomm chips, so a future release could work on Facebook's own mobile chip instead.

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On the other hand, another Facebook AI researcher Yann LeCun tweeted about a different role of making chips for AI objective and pointed out at a different job listing. Although, this is usually confined to companies that already make hardware and want more control over their products. This step is now at initiative stages and Facebook is also not clear about the chips that how it should be used furthermore Facebook didn't a response to this matter.

Bloomberg believes that Facebook's team could be focused on developing ASICs for its servers and artificial intelligence efforts.

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