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Innovation Briefing Issue 5 | Apple picks Munich for chip R&D

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 28 Apr 2021
  • Last modified 4 May 2021
Apple has chosen Munich to be the site of its European Silicon Design Centre, adding hundreds of new employees and a new state-of-the-art facility.

Munich is already Apple’s largest engineering hub in Europe, with close to 1,500 engineers from 40 countries working in areas that include power management design, application processors and wireless technologies. The expansion in Munich, together with additional investment in R&D, will exceed €1bn in the next three years.

I couldn’t be more excited for everything our Munich engineering teams will discover — from exploring the new frontiers of 5G technology, to a new generation of technologies that bring power, speed, and connectivity to the world

Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive

“I couldn’t be more excited for everything our Munich engineering teams will discover — from exploring the new frontiers of 5G technology, to a new generation of technologies that bring power, speed, and connectivity to the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive. “Munich has been a home to Apple for four decades, and we’re grateful to this community and to Germany for being a part of our journey.”

In 2015, Apple opened its Bavarian Design Centre, which has grown to employ more than 350 engineers. The teams’ initial focus was on power management. They have been critical to Apple’s efforts to deliver multiple power management unit chips.  In 2019, the company added sites in Nabern, and now, about half of Apple’s global power management design team is located in Germany. Teams in Munich also work on application processor systems-on-chips, and analogue and mixed-signal solutions for iPhone.

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