Google hires Indian origin Apple staffer to build processors
Internet search giant Google has hired Indian-origin engineer Manu Gulati, who was Apple's chip architect for iPads and iPhones, to play a key role in building its upcoming flagship pixel phone, according to media reports.
Gulati, who had worked at Apple for almost eight years as a micro-architect, announced the job change through LinkedIn. He is now the lead SoC architect for Google.
He has at least 15 Apple patents related to chip design under his belt and will be key in Google’s plan to build its own processors, a CNBC reported.
Google is now expanding their team of chip experts so that it can build their own chipsets for future Pixel smartphones.
Gulati was instrumental in Apple’s bid to build custom chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. In the past, he has been responsible for the A4 and A9 chips which powered the 2010 iPad. Apple currently builds its own smartphone processors but Google does not.
Apple’s newest A10X chips, for example, are built-in house instead of by companies like Intel or Qualcomm. Qualcomm currently supplies its Snapdragon processor for Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Gulati could help the firm differentiate Pixel from the many other smartphones by other vendors that run Android on Qualcomm chips. Gulati’s exit is seen as a set back for Apple, which has filed a number of chip-related patents.