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Facebook May Soon Make Chips for Its Hardware Products

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Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:52 a.m. ET

Facebook could soon make chips for its smart speakers and headsets

Bloomberg has reported that Facebook (FB) is planning to design chips to power its servers, AI (artificial intelligence) software, and smart speakers, according to a recent job filing. The report pointed out that the tech giant has reduced its dependence on chipmakers in recent years, much like Apple and Alphabet’s Google. Apple could soon start using its chips in Mac computers, and has used its own chips in some iPhones in the past.

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Facebook aims to be less reliant on its platform

Facebook has been pushing aggressively into the hardware space, including VR (virtual reality) headsets. As it is seeking to be less dependent on its social media platform, it is in the early stages of developing its own smart speaker, 

If the company does use its own chips, it could optimize the design and make improvements easily due to better hardware-software integration. That said, it might take the company several years to use its chips in its hardware products.

Facebook launched its first hardware, Oculus Rift VR goggles, two years ago. In May, Facebook is set to launch the Oculus Go, a standalone, Qualcomm-chip-powered VR headset, for $200.

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