Facebook Is Working On Building Its Own Chips

Joanna Estrada
July 18, 2018

Shahriar Rabii was a Google employee and is recognized for heading the team tasked with the responsibility of creating chips for devices belonging to the company. The social media company has decided the club of Apple Inc., Amazon Inc., and Google Inc.in the race of making their own custom chips.

Neither company would comment, but Rabii has updated his LinkedIn profile to show that he has indeed moved on to be Facebook's VP of silicon. Bloomberg first caught the move and noted that Rabii helped lead the team that built the Pixel Visual Core.

While Google may have lost a chip guru, it could be argued the search giant had it coming as it's been grabbing some design talent from Apple in a bid to also make its own processors; seems like if you know how to make processors and chips you're in a good position at the moment.

Starting m earlier this year, Facebook began hiring chip engineers, but the specifics of what the company is working on isn't entirely clear.

Facebook Inc. enters the club of tech companies developing their own artificial intelligence (AI) chip. Apple already uses its own main processors in its iPads and iPhones, and hopes to ship Mac computers with Apple processors instead of Intel ones by 2020, the report says.

The Oculus virtual reality department at Facebook is working in liaison with Building 8 Hardware in creating chips for numerous devices in the future. Earlier this year, the company launched the Oculus Go standalone virtual reality headset with a Qualcomm smartphone chip. The social networking giant has also been actively working on the production of hardware that features some smart speakers that will have huge touch screens that allow for video chats.

Future generations of those devices could be improved by custom processors. Facebook in-house AI chip will enable the company to sync the hardware and software in line with deliverables.

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