He will probably report to Andrew Bosworth, the company's Head of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. 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.
Since April, Facebook has started to form a team to build chips and acquire the company based in California Menlo Park, which is working on semiconductors that is useful to the company in the various platforms like to process information in its data centers, and for its AI work.
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.
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Facebook's work on AI-focused custom silicon has been the topic of rumors and reports over the past several months.
The move towards designing its own chips is part of a wider trend across the tech industry as device manufacturers look to break free from their reliance on chipmakers such as Intel and Qualcomm. As at now, the company is shipping iPads and iPhones processors, but by 2020, the company will have Macs that feature their central processors.
The Oculus virtual reality department at Facebook is working in liaison with Building 8 Hardware in creating chips for numerous devices in the future. Oculus VR used a Qualcomm chip in its standalone Oculus Go headset, so it may want to make itself independent of the chip-maker in later versions. Facebook is also working on its first branded hardware: a series of smart speakers with large touch screens that can also be used for video chats.
The chips also hold the potential of improving the efforts of the firm in artificial intelligence. With its own chips, Facebook also would gain finer control over product development and could better tie together its software and hardware.