BENGALURU: Google is doing significant hiring in Bengaluru for its gChips unit that is working to develop chipsets in areas like on-device machine learning. Of the 64 job openings in Google’s Bengaluru engineering team, the majority are for chip design related roles. Positions are open for experienced candidates in integrated circuit design and large system design, as also in application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), prototyping field-programmable gate array (FGPA) for manufacturing, for driving functional verification for system-on-chip (SoC).Rajat Bhargava, who previously held senior positions in Broadcom and Intel, was appointed by Google about a year ago to lead the initiative here. Internet firms like Google, Facebook and Amazon, as also Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft are all accelerating efforts to design chips for functions critical to them, not wanting to depend entirely on traditional semiconductor specialists like Intel, Qualcomm, AMD and Nvidia. It has been previously reported that Google could hire as many as 80 people for the gChips team in Bengaluru, and that it has poached several engineers from Intel, Qualcomm and Nvidia. The team will work to develop hardware, software and networking technologies to power Google’s devices and services. Bengaluru is today one of the world’s biggest chip design hubs. An email sent to Google on the chip and hardware efforts did not elicit a response. Vivek Wadhwa, distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University Engineering at Silicon Valley, said the initiative is good for Google and the ecosystem. “Google gains highly qualified engineers who can be taught to do hardware design. The ecosystem gains knowledge in how to build specialised hardware systems. It is very hard to find talent in Silicon Valley with the skills to do sophisticated hardware development,” he said.