Facebook poaches Google’s Senior Director of Engineering to head up silicon efforts


The new hire will reportedly be working under Facebook's head of virtual and augmented reality.

As per Bloomberg, Facebook has employed Shahriar Rabii to lead its efforts of silicon development.

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During his time at Google, Rabii held senior roles across the company's Engineering division, helping the firm to launch multiple Silicon development programs and new products including Pixel Vice Core for ML.

We've reached out to Google and Facebook for confirmation. Rabii's updated LinkedIn bio reveals that he's going to be serving at Facebook as a vice president and head of silicon.

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Over the past year, Google has hired several former Apple employees to create their own innovative processors, however, the opponents of the company also made a decision to work on this scheme. It started building the team that will make this happen earlier in the year, but its latest addition comes straight from Google.

Or Rabii could help create chips designed to power artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, which it can then integrate into its own hardware or create more AI systems to help purge trolls, abuse and terrorism content from its site and services. This was Google's own first in-house processor for a consumer device, and it resulted in some impressive cameras for the Pixel phones. Apple already uses its own main processors in its iPads and iPhones, and hopes to ship Mac computers with Apple processors instead of Intel ones by 2020, the report says. Apple has been building its own processors for its devices for the better part of a decade and has also created chips for AI recently. The social networking giant has also been actively working on the production of hardware that features some smart speakers that will have huge touch screens that allow for video chats. Facebook's custom chip could help power VR headsets in the future.

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