Google is best known for its software and services including search, Android and Chrome. But the company also has a hardware division that produces devices including the Chromebook Pixel and the upcoming Pixel C tablet. And Google works with other companies to produce and sell Nexus phones and tablets.
Now it looks like the company may be developing its own processors as well. The company has posted a job listing for a “multimedia chip architect” that would “lead a chip development effort” and work to “take chip to product shipment.”
According to Business Insider, the job would be in the same department of Google that’s responsible for Pixel devices, which suggests that Google might be planning to build its own custom processors for upcoming tablets, notebooks, or other consumer devices.
Of course, it’s also possible that Google wants to design chips for something else, like web servers. The company has a few of those, and would certainly benefit from faster or more efficient processors.
Still, with companies including Apple and Samsung developing their own custom processors for smartphones, tablets, TV boxes, and other hardware, it wouldn’t be that surprising if the company that makes the software that runs on most of the world’s smartphones wanted to design a chip optimized to play well with its software.