Any rumor needs to be tested against the sanity test and this one is highly suspect.
First, nothing was mentioned what features in server CPUs Google believes it needs that Intel isn't already making or that's on Intel's roadmap. If there's no unmet need why do it?
And if Google wanted some custom x86 features for its servers all they'd have to do is ask. Intel has enough resources to custom build x86 products for top tier customers.
Further, the suggestion is that because Apple makes its own SoCs for mobile the case for Google doing the same for servers makes sense. However Apple sells smartphones and tablets in the hundreds of millions per year to justify the effort and even then Apple doesn't do it for the laptops and desktops for a number of reasons that include performance and legacy software considerations. No doubt Google uses a lot of servers but there are orders-of-magnitude difference between the volume Apple deals with versus the number of servers Google requires.
One very thin rumor repeated a hundred times doesn't make it any more credible.
Orders-of-magnitude. You hit the nail on the head, ps100.
If any of the investors and tech journalists are paying any attention, that is what they would focus on and the answer would be very apparent. It is not worthwhile for Google to pursue making their own server chips.
never brother never, they have too much on their plate to digest. if apple wanted to do any of what you are saying they would have done that long time ago. they will not get into a business they donot understand.