Facebook To Create Own AI Chip, Joins League of Google, Apple, Baidu

Facebook poaches Google chip guru to bolster custom silicon development

Rabii is set to work under the supervision of Andrew Bosworth who heads virtual reality at the social-networking giant.

Facebook Inc. has sent another signal that it's serious about building its own semiconductors, joining Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google, and Amazon.com Inc.in trying to make its own custom chips. This month, Facebook appointed Shahriar Rabii as Silicon's head and vice president.

Spokesmen for Facebook and Google declined to comment on Rabii's move.

Keeping artificial intelligence at the core, Mark Zuckerberg's company is working on integrating the future of technology across several departments.

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It remains unclear is Facebook's efforts revolve around creating silicon for consumer devices or if the company is more focused on internal development efforts. Earlier this year it was revealed that the company had plans to start designing custom chips for consumer hardware, and now they've made a fairly big hire. Considering the fact that Apple has already started providing its own custom-made processors in its product and by the end of 2020, Apple hopes to deliver its product line with its own main processors.

Apart from that, the company may be using the chips to help its AI content-policing efforts.

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 reported in April this year, Facebook seeks to be less dependent on outsider semi-conductor organizations such as Intel, Qualcomm, and NVIDIA to power its systems, data centers and devices. For example, Oculus has launched its Oculus Go VR headset which runs on a Qualcomm chip. When Facebook succeeds in Custom-making the chips, it will be able to gain more leverage in product development that will resonate with its hardware and software.

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