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Facebook Gets Into Chip Business

Facebook is following the footsteps of Apple, Google and Samsung heading into production to make its own computer chips.

According to Bloomberg, this is a move to lower its reliance on other chip makers such as Intel and Qualcomm.

Facebook has been posting jobs fitting computer chip development such as an ASIC development manager, asking for someone who can “Build and manage an end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organisation, including all aspects of front-end and back-end standard cell ASIC development.”

SoC stands for system on a chip or system on chip which is an integrated circuit that combines all components of a computer or other electronic systems. ASIC is an applications specific integrated unit is a computer chip designed for a particular use.

Reports say these chips could be used to power hardware devices, AI software and servers for its data centres.

This could also be for later models of its upcoming smart speakers. The speakers were slated for a July release but the launch was delayed after the Cambridge Analytica scandal as the social media giant needed to “to ensure that they make the right trade-offs regarding user data”.

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