【Facebook的雄心壯志:入局芯片研發】

【Facebook的雄心壯志:入局芯片研發】據彭博社報道,Facebook正在組建一個芯片設計團隊,尋求減少或擺脫對高通等傳統芯片巨頭的依賴。其研發芯片可能會應用于人工智能服務器或智能揚聲器、虛擬現實耳機等設備。這家社交媒體公司近期將投資建設自主芯片,其正在招聘一名負責組裝“端對端SoC / ASIC,固件和驅動程序開發組織”的相關人員,該角色可以監督團隊研發芯片。據了解,除了蘋果已在其iOS設備使用自主芯片,并計劃用Mac電腦取代英特爾處理器,谷歌、亞馬遜等科技巨頭也正在自主研發芯片。

Facebook is building a team to design its own chips

 

Joining Apple, Google, Amazon, and other tech giants in becoming more self-reliant

Facebook looks to be in the early stages of developing its own silicon to power its devices and servers, according to?a new report from?Bloomberg. The company is looking to hire a manager tasked with assembling an “end-to-end SoC / ASIC, firmware, and driver development organization.” So the plan is only coming together, but Facebook’s interest in becoming more self-reliant — and less dependent on outside companies like Qualcomm — makes it the latest tech giant to start down this path.

Apple already has self-branded chips inside its iOS devices and is reportedly planning to?replace the Intel processors in Mac computers?with its own. Google produces?custom AI chips?and included its first consumer-focused silicon (an image processor) in the Pixel 2 last year. It’s likely that the company has?much bigger ambitions?as part of its hardware rivalry with Apple. Amazon is said to be developing chips to?improve Alexa’s AI smarts.

Facebook’s job listings are under the category of infrastructure, so it’s very probable that the chip team will be putting its efforts toward the company’s artificial intelligence servers. Right now the servers, which train Facebook’s AI systems,?are Nvidia-powered. Mark Zuckerberg has said that AI will eventually play an even bigger role in flagging inappropriate content across the social network than it does currently, though it’s really?not a viable solution?for the company’s deeper issues.

But Facebook could also power?smart speakers?or future Oculus virtual reality headsets with its own chips. That would allow the company to make the kind of improvements and optimizations that are only possible when hardware and software are tightly integrated throughout the entire development process. Of course, people still accuse Facebook of spying on them despite hard evidence to the contrary, so there might be a bit of a trust problem if the company starts putting its own silicon into consumer gadgets.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/18/17254236/facebook-designing-own-chips-ai-report


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