At Oktoberfest, Apple CEO Tim Cook was very impressed with Munich. Above all, he was convinced by the results from the chip design center there. This is now to be expanded.
Munich – Apple will invest another billion euros in its European chip design center at the Munich site. The California tech group announced this Thursday in the Bavarian state capital. Thus, the iPhone Group is increasing its investment commitment from 2021 to two billion euros. Munich is already the largest Apple development site in Europe.
Apple developers at the Munich Chip Center deal with three main topics. 5G wireless technology, chip energy saving solutions and so-called mixed-signal and analog solutions. Aided by the findings from Bavaria, Apple wants to make itself independent of supplies from chip maker Qualcomm, from which the iPhone maker previously obtained its radio chips for the fifth generation of mobile communications (5G). When it comes to “energy management”, that is, energy saving systems in particular, Apple customers are already using developments from Munich, for example in the MacBook Pro with Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets.
“Our engineering teams in Munich are among the most innovative in the world, helping to develop new technologies at the heart of our products,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Apple has been in Munich for more than 40 years and we look forward to our future here even more.” Ever “.
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In addition to the new location on Seidlstrasse, Apple teams will move to several additional research and development rooms on two adjacent streets, Denisstrasse and Marsstrasse, as part of the expansion of the European chip design center. The three new locations are located opposite Apple’s recently opened research and development facility on Karlstrasse and aim to form an “innovation hub” in the heart of Munich.
During his recent visit to Munich for the Oktoberfest, Cook justified his involvement in Munich with the quality of the staff. “We are here because of the people,” Cook said. Apple found the universities in the Munich area to be excellent. There are also many qualified workers in the area. Munich also shares California with Silicon Valley that people love to live there, so it is easy to attract employees from other countries to work in Munich.
“The expansion of the European chip design center will enable even closer collaboration among more than 2,000 engineers in Bavaria who are working on groundbreaking innovations such as proprietary chip designs, power management and future wireless technologies,” said Johnny Srugi, Apple’s chief device officer.
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