TheÂ WSJ is suggesting that Apple’s growing presence in Israel is focused on expanding the company’s chip design capabilities, reporting that itÂ has hired most of the local employees of a chip design company shut down by Texas Instruments and is advertising new positions inÂ silicon and semiconductor design.
â€śAppleâ€™s Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers,â€ť said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club.
While the report contains more speculation than hard fact, we noted yesterday that Tim Cookâ€“who is currently visiting the countryâ€“is accompanied by Johny Srouji, whose bio on the Apple website says that he “leads all custom silicon architecture and development” …
It’s no secret that Apple’s activities in Israel to date have focused on chip design and related R&D.Â ItsÂ new offices in Herzliya are located close to Anobit, the NAND flash chip specialist Apple acquiredÂ back in 2011. The new offices are expected to accommodate between 600 and 1200 employees.Â Apple also has several hundred employeesâ€“many of them chip development specialistsâ€“at its R&D centre in Haifa.
Cook met withÂ President Reuven Rivlin, and isÂ also expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres during his stay in the country.
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