Facebook Is Forming a Team to Design Its Own Chips

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Facebook Inc. is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp. and Qualcomm Inc., according to job listings and people familiar with the matter.

The social media company is seeking to hire a manager to build an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization,” according to a job listing on its corporate website, indicating the effort is still in its early stages.
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Teslas Are Finally Chasing Porsches Down the German Autobahn

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The most remarkable thing about Jana Hoeffner’s 2,360 mile road trip from Stuttgart to Oslo and back was simply how unremarkable it was.

In a black Tesla Model S sedan.

Five years ago, making similar journeys across much of Germany in an electric Renault Zoe would have meant tiresome research to avoid running out of power, she says. These days, not so much. Or even at all.

“It doesn’t really involve much planning anymore,” she says.
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Autonomous Driving Boom Spurs STMicro to Develop New Chips

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STMicroelectronics NV is developing chips that can tackle features like night vision, micro-mapping, and 360-degree detection, in a bid to meet demand from car manufacturers racing to build driverless autos. The autonomous driving sector is already a crowded one, from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo to General Motors Co. Still, there are pieces of technology missing before cars reach the most sophisticated form of autonomy, referred to as level 5, and fully drive themselves.
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