Facebook seems to be in the early stages of developing its own silicon to power its devices and servers, according to a new Bloomberg report. The company is looking to hire an administrator responsible for putting together an "end-to-end SoC / ASIC, firmware and driver development organization". So the plan is only joining, but the interest of Facebook to be more self-sufficient, and less Depending on external companies such as Qualcomm, becomes the last technological giant to start this way.
Apple already has proprietary chips within its iOS devices and, reportedly, plans to replace Intel processors on Mac computers with its own. Google produces custom AI chips and included its first consumer-focused silicon (an image processor) in Pixel 2 last year. The company is likely to have much larger ambitions as part of its hardware rivalry with Apple. It is said that Amazon is developing chips to improve the artificial intelligence of Alexa.
Facebook job listings are under the category of infrastructure, so it is very likely that the chip team is devoting its efforts to the company's artificial intelligence servers. At this time, the servers, which form the artificial intelligence systems of Facebook, have Nvidia technology. Mark Zuckerberg has said that AI will eventually play an even more important role in marking inappropriate content through the social network than it currently does, although in reality it is not a viable solution to the company's deepest problems.
But Facebook could also power smart speakers or future Oculus virtual reality headsets with their own chips. This would allow the company to make the kind of improvements and optimizations that are only possible when hardware and software are tightly integrated throughout the development process. Of course, people still accuse Facebook of spying on them, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, so there could be a bit of a trust problem if the company starts putting its own silicon on consumer devices.