Google already has its own smartphones, tablets, the operating system to power them all, and the best search engine to go with it, but it seems it’s not enough. According to Bloomberg, Google is thinking about designing its own processors using ARM technology. The news comes from a source with more knowledge on the subject that says the move would allow Google to better manager the relationship between hardware and software.
Although the possibility of Google-designed chips for phones and tablets will be a big step forward for the company, it could also mean Google won’t need to rely on Intel as much for server processors. According to Bloomberg, Google is currently Intel’s fifth largest customer, spending around $500 million on Intel chips each year. That might change if Google’s designing its own processors.
Based on the Bloomberg report, a Google spokesperson said it is “actively engaged in designing the world’s best infrastructure” and that this includes both hardware and software design. As always. the company refused to comment further than that.
“We are actively engaged in designing the world’s best infrastructure,” said Liz Markman, a spokeswoman for Google, in an e-mail. “This includes both hardware design (at all levels) and software design.” Markman declined to say whether the company may develop its own chips.