Google has recently hired more than a dozen microchip engineers in Bengaluru and is planning to add more, according to Linkedin profiles, job postings, and two industry executives. Google is no longer a software-only company. The company is known for hardware appliances like Google Pixel smartphones, Assistant-powered Google Home Chromecast, Pixelbooks and more. The internet giant has also undertaken the development of hardware products such as Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), Titan or Titan M security chips, and Pixel Visual Core chips.
Now, the company is taking further steps to diversify its team for chip making projects. Google has recently hired around 20 employees in India for its “gChips” team and is planning to expand the team by adding more employees. For the site in Bengaluru, the company is hiring more employees including two executives.
Bengaluru, which is also known as the silicon valley of India, has been a center of semiconductor development for more than two decades. Now various tech giants like Google are preferring the location as it is easier to find experts in the field out there. Out of the 20 employees hired by Google, at least 16 of them have years of experience working with chipmakers like Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and NVIDIA locally.
Google has been considering India as a major market especially for its software products such as Android Go, Files Go, and Google Pay (earlier Tez), along with features such as Bike Mode in Google Maps and the support of Hindi on Google Assistant.
The development comes when Apple announced that it is planning to expand its manufacturing in India by assembling and manufacturing flagship-level iPhones in order to cut the cost of shipment. Apple already assembles iPhone SE and iPhone 6S in India through its contracted manufacturer Wistron, and now the company is likely to set up Foxconn, Apple’s Chinese contract manufacturer, in the southern parts of the country.