Sign up to receive 5 free days of our daily summary for tech news.

Read this article for free.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Facebook

Facebook Seeks Engineers for Custom AR Chips

Facebook is stepping up its investments in augmented reality, seeking to hire engineers to work on custom silicon chips for devices that enable the technology.  

In at least four job listings posted in recent days, a research group inside the company called Facebook Reality Labs advertised engineering positions requiring expertise in the design of custom chips, which it said are necessitated by augmented reality’s need for computing power. AR, as the technology is known, uses hardware and software to blend digital imagery with people’s views of the real world. Through its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, Facebook has become a more visible proponent of another technology, virtual reality, which uses headsets to immerse people completely in simulated environments. While the company has created some early AR applications, it has not openly discussed plans for AR hardware akin to the Oculus VR headsets it currently sells.    

What Is The Information?

Notebook b5103017ee163370a1667c9ce59ab0ef023875a17888105d26c185cadf31bb69

Daily news analysis

Every weeknight, we'll send you our reporters’ views on the day’s top tech news—distilled into one email.

Notes bb3aa5069205d702dda37fc71dc6f1c59df2310c4379304e9f1199f052af4884

Exclusive Articles

We broke it first. Receive original reporting, stories, and exclusives you won't read anywhere else from the largest newsroom in tech.

Conference calls c9e664e8b96ee347d3e92b8309938f268422b9db98cfabca5c826fbb75054b23

Conference calls

Go deep into areas like crypto and VC diversity—or get real-time analysis of breaking news—via conference calls with our reporters and other experts.

Events 499acedd16cffc41445edd76bfd302b2836c2a27419890f17130a6b10e2aa3df

Special Events

For no extra fee, subscribers get access to more than a dozen events yearly, from intimate dinners to larger gatherings with marquee speakers.

Access the best reporting on the tech industry read by tens of thousands of global executives.

Become a contributor

Share your views and find other subscribers by completing your profile. You’ll be listed in our contributor directory.

Org Charts

Access the only collection of tech company org charts. Our expanding database includes companies like Amazon, Snap, and Uber.

Slack community

Discuss topics and current events with our subscriber-only Slack group and share news about your company with other subscribers.

Share with your team

Subscribers can unlock any article and share it with friends and co-workers through a special share link.

Stay up to date on Silicon Valley

Sign up for Jessica Lessin’s (The Information’s CEO & Founder) free Saturday newsletter and also receive a complimentary week of our daily afternoon tech commentary email.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Recent Articles

Asia Google E-commerce

A Google Diaspora Shapes China’s Tech Scene

By Shai Oster

Enterprise Cloud

Microsoft Won’t Mess Up GitHub, Executive Says

By Kevin McLaughlin

Media Entertainment

TV Stations Join Digital Gold Rush

By Beejoli Shah

Cybersecurity Facebook

Facebook on Hunt for Big Cybersecurity Acquisition

By Reed Albergotti and Sarah Kuranda

“It strikes me as very likely that the next one is going to be around virtual and augmented reality,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the next big shift in computing.