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Facebook hires a head of chip development from Google


Facebook and Google’s moves are part of a trend in which technology companies are seeking to supply themselves with semiconductors and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc. — AP

Facebook and Google’s moves are part of a trend in which technology companies are seeking to supply themselves with semiconductors and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc. — AP

Facebook Inc has sent another signal that it’s serious about building its own semiconductors, joining Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, and Amazon.com Inc in trying to make its own custom chips. 

The social-networking giant this month hired Shahriar Rabii to be a vice-president and its head of silicon. Rabii previously 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, according to his LinkedIn profile. He’ll work under Andrew Bosworth, the company’s head of virtual reality and augmented reality, according to people familiar with the matter. 

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