LOS ANGELES: 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, the 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.
Google’s new hire could help the company differentiate Pixel from the many other smartphones by other vendors that run Android on Qualcomm (QCOM, -0.92 per cent) chips. And Gulati’s exit is seen as a set back for Apple (AAPL, -0.98 per cent), which has filed a number of chip-related patents that credit Gulati as an inventor.