Amazon hiring engineers for designing its own ARM powered server chips

Amazon's recent hiring spree and several job listings indicates that the online retailer wants to build its own server chips.

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According to a new report, Amazon is looking for engineering so that the company can build its own server chips. According to the job listing, the company is looking forward to integrate ARM chips and have been hiring many engineers for this project.

Amazon hiring engineers for designing its own ARM powered server chips |

Most of the employees that Amazon have hired so far are former employees of a Texas-based company called 'Calxeda' which makes ARM-based servers. The online retail giant will also be hiring Calxeda's former CTO.

Many employees have taken positions such as Principal engineer, silicon optimization and hardware design engineer, director of silicon optimizations at Amazon web services. Currently, there's a job listing for a CPU architect/Micro-architect. Seeing that the company is very aggressive in its hiring spree and people have started working since this month, its a no-brainer that the company is really into it.

Many analysts agree that this could be a smart move for Amazon. Despite the massive cost that can incur for such a project, as of now the cost of designing your own silicon die has reduced drastically.

It is rumoured that Amazon will be making a chip along with Facebook and Google, but it would take up to 5 years to see any of such custom-made silicon. Amazon declined to make any comments.


After being a long time PC enthusiast and a former contributor for many Indian based PC and Tech forums, Roshan now joins TweakTown covering tech news and also any developments from India. Like many enthusiasts, with years of being involved in many Indian tech forums and running his own tech site, he's commonly referred by his forum nickname 'The Sorcerer' by many old and new fellow PC enthusiasts, followed by few companies from time to time. He's also the winner of the TweakTown's Computex 2012 Taipei trip. If any free time is left, Roshan prefers to play FPS games.

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