Google is expanding its efforts to design its own smartphone and data center chips by building a new team of engineers dedicated to the project in Bengaluru, an up-and-coming semiconductor site in the capital of the south Indian state of Karnataka, according to a report from Reuters. The new team, which Reuters says includes at least 16 engineers and four recruiters and will likely continue to increase in headcount, is the latest sign that the tech industry’s biggest players are trying to rid themselves of reliance on the traditional chip business. Among the new hires are engineers from Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm, Reuters reports. For close to a decade, Apple and Google have been steadily bringing more chip design in-house, starting with Apple’s A4 processor for the iPhone and, in recent years, including dedicated chips for graphics and on-device image and artificial intelligence processing. (Google also designs its own AI training and inference chips for data centers, called Tensor Processing Units.) Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft have all followed suit in recent years, mostly for AI chips. Yet regardless, the Big Five’s push to establish independence from big chipmakers, namely Intel and Qualcomm, has seriously threatened the businesses of some of Silicon Valley’s oldest and most venerated companies. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment about its new chip team. Not helping the chipmakers is Apple’s fast-deteriorating relationship with Qualcomm over the use of the latter’s modem chips in the iPhone, now the source of a convoluted series… [Read full story]
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