At a time when Google and Apple are developing its own chips for uses in phones and to achieve breakthroughs in the Machine Learning, Facebook has sent out a message to the other silicon Valley giants that it is not very far behind in manufacturing its own semiconductors for different use cases by hiring a top Google engineer to head its chip building arm. According to Bloomberg, the social-networking giant hired Shahriar Rabii as vice president and head of silicon. He will report to Andrew Bosworth, the company’s head of virtual reality and augmented reality, people familiar with the matter were quoted as saying. Rabii’s LinkedIn profile says that has worked at Google, where he helped lead the team in charge of building chips for the company’s devices, including the Pixel smartphone’s custom Visual Core chip.
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