Alphabet’s Google has reportedly hired more than a dozen microchip engineers in Bengaluru, India, in recent months and plans to add more, as the company is trying to design the chips of its devices internally.
Google is working in new chip at its Bengaluru site, according to Reuters. The press agency's sources are LinkedIn profiles, job postings and two unnamed industry executives.
In Bengaluru, Google has hired at least 16 engineering veterans and four talent recruiters for its “gChips” team from traditional chipmakers such as Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Nvidia, according to a review of LinkedIn profiles.
Google ddeclined to comment on the report.
Google has already designed computer server chips for its data centers and an image processing chip for its Pixel smartphones. Its aim is to create more powerful and efficient devices by customizing key components that traditionally came from firms such as Intel.
A handful of big internet platform companies are developing their own chips. Amazon.com, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook Inc each have launched similar chip design efforts, which could help them cut costs, reduce reliance on vendors and keep pace in building attractive products.