20 February 2019
Facebook is reportedly looking to design its own chipsets for its future hardware that may include a smart speaker. However, this isn’t going to be the same speaker we have been hearing about rather the processors will empower some future speakers. Started as a social media platform, Facebook has deepened its roots in many other areas and the ongoing rumors tell us about its future prospects that Facebook will expand further and span important part of the tech industry.
According to Bloomberg’s report, Facebook is building a team that would help it to make its own semiconductors. Some job listings and the people familiar with the matter have reflected this possibility. Facebook joins the trend among the technology companies to lower their dependence on chipmakers, like Intel and Qualcomm.
Back in February, we got reports that Amazon is working on the custom AI-powered chip for Alexa. Now, Facebook is aiming the same so as to develop a complete environment to its future hardware by supplying themselves.
According to a job listing on Facebook’s corporate website, the company is seeking to hire a manager to build an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware, and driver development organization.” The ASAIC that stands for Application-specific integrated circuit directly hints that Facebook is targeting it for a specific task/hardware.
A job listing references “expertise to build custom solutions targeted at multiple verticals including AI/ML.” This indicates that like Amazon and Google, Facebook is also reportedly planning to develop custom chips that don’t require the internet to consult while serving the users’ queries and will rather be self-sufficient to answer.
The smart speaker from Facebook has reportedly been delayed due to one of the biggest data scandals. But, it is expected to launch soon and while its first smart speaker is important to the social media giant, they are the future plans that definitely turn our heads when we hear about them.
Facebook has reportedly declined to comment on the job listings.