GOOGLE COULD BE making its own chips, if a job listing on the company's careers portal is anything to go by.
The listing seeks a 'multimedia chip architect', suggesting possibly that Google is going to get more serious about designing and making its own hardware and create its own chips to power the devices, following in the footsteps of Apple.
The job is a full time position at the firm's headquarters in Mountain View, California, and Google isn't exactly shy about the field that the applicant will work in. It states that, as a member of a creative team, the position requires the employee to take part in a "new chip development effort".
It continues: "We need our engineers to be versatile and passionate to tackle new problems as we continue to push technology forward.
"If you get excited about building new things and aren't daunted by the challenge of building something from scratch, our team might be your next career step."
However, it is the job responsibilities section of the listing which strongly suggests that Google could be looking to make its own processors. And it sounds like the company is pretty serious about it.
The ad states that successful applicants will be required to "propose chip architecture based on product requirements; prototype designing in field-programmable gate array or simulator; evaluate performance of various performance algorithms; lead a chip development effort; and work with other engineers to take chip to product shipment".
Part of the role will also carry responsibility for the multimedia performance in systems, which suggests that the successful applicant will ensure that the devices being powered by a new chip are up to scratch with the current Snapdragon processors that power most Android devices.
"You will work with product team and software team to enable a rich multimedia experience," said the job post. "You will be working in aspects of multimedia including image processing, video processing, stabilisation, emerging technology and products."
The listing suggests an expansion of Google's ambitions in the hardware business, giving it a deeper level of control over its Android products, such as the Chromebook Pixel and the upcoming Pixel C tablets.
But it could also just be the engineering team requiring people with chip-level expertise, so perhaps it's best not to read too much into it. µ
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