Ever wondered what will it be like if you work for Google? Should be nice, is what we have heard. The products of Google vary greatly and they range from smartphones to AI, from home speakers to conceptual Google Glass, from Chromebooks to Google Maps and the list of products doesn’t stop there. Currently, there is news that Google India might be looking for employees to work in its new project on developing microchips.
It is not the first time Google is entering the chip-making industry. Earlier it had developed Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), Pixel Visual Core chips and Titan and Titan M security chips. And now it is going to make microchips again for which it had hired more than 20 people in India. The job opening was posted on LinkedIn, the tech giant was looking for 20 people for its ‘gChips’ team with chances of increasing the team further.
Currently, there are two executive positions open with many other to be opened in the future for the team. The current chip-related positions open in Google India are: SoC Physical Design and Methodology Lead, and SoC RTL Lead. While the engineering department also has two vacancies: SoC/ASIC Design for Testability Engineer and Floorplan Engineer (ASIC/SoC).
Out of the 20 employees hired by Google, around 16 are experienced and have worked for companies like Qualcomm, Intel, NVIDIA and Broadcom. In India, Bengaluru is what Silicon Valley is in US, most of the tech companies have their HQs here. For more than 20 years Bengaluru has been the place where chips, CPUs and semiconductors are made. So, its no surprise that new and old companies alike turn to Bengaluru when they want to find experienced people to work in the tech field.
Earlier, around 13 positions had been listed for different roles posted on Google Careers. Google might increase the team number to 80 people by the end of 2019 so there are chances of more job openings in the near future. The job of this newly assembled team is to ‘fine-tune and test’ the prototype chips before it is sent to the manufacturers. But, it is not clear what products Google is developing the gChips for?
India has been the playing ground of tech and other companies for years because of its population and ever-growing market and Google is no exception. As it too had many of its products (software) tested and released in India like Google Pay, Android Go, Files Go, Google Maps Bike Mode and Hindi support for Google Assistant.
It should be noted that Apple too is planning to expand its product manufacturing in India and is also planning to assemble its other products in the country. This will result in reducing the manufacturing cost of the product and it will also bring down the product’s price in India. The Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn also plans to invest around Rs 7,500 Crores in India over a period of five years and set up manufacturing centers in South India.
With so many tech companies planning to set manufacturing plants in India it looks like the tech industry in India will start blossoming at a fast pace this year.