Facebook is reportedly all set to take over the semiconductor design industry. Facebook is known to have placed ads for chip designers that can work on projects focused on AI, Oculus, the company’s virtual reality headsets and general data center operations.
This new announcement of semiconductor design is adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc, said reports.
The social media company is seeking to hire a manager to build an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization,” according to a job listing on its corporate website, indicating the effort is still in its early stages.
The hiring blitz was highlighted by Facebook’s head of AI, Yann LeCun, who linked to the ad on Twitter and said in a tweet: “I used to be a chip designer many moons ago,” noted the report.
In 2010, Apple Inc started shipping its own chips and now uses them across many of its major product lines. Alphabet Inc’s Google has developed its own artificial intelligence chip as well.
Facebook is known to use such chips to power hardware devices, artificial intelligence software and servers in its data centers.
Next month, the company will launch the Oculus Go, a $200 standalone virtual-reality headset that runs on a Qualcomm processor.
Facebook is also working on a slew of smart speakers.
By using its own processors, the company would have finer control over product development and would be able to better tune its software and hardware together.
By creating AI chips in-house, Facebook will be able to ensure that the hardware meets its specific needs, instead of relying on a vendor. The report noted it could take the company years to come out with its own AI chip.