Apple to invest $1.2 billion in silicon design center in Germany – TechCrunch

Apple has announced It plans to increase its corporate spending in Germany. In particular, the company wants to establish a new facility in Munich, Germany. Called the European Silicon Design Center, the team will focus on 5G and potential future wireless technologies.

The company said that Munich is already its largest engineering hub in Europe. There are already 1,500 engineers working there. Specifically, Apple has been Putting together Own team of engineers working on power management chips.

In total, half of Apple’s engineers, who are working on power management, are based in Germany. Since then, Apple’s teams in the country have expanded beyond power management to work on other chip designs.

Now, Apple plans to invest $ 1.2 billion (€ 1 billion) over the next three years on new buildings and new R&D investments. While Apple is partnering with Qualcomm for 5G modems in the iPhone 12 lineup, the company has also acquired most of the Intel’s Smartphone Modem Business.

In addition to in-house chip development, Apple’s teams also work on integrating third-party hardware with their devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

The company is also using this announcement to remind everyone that it is investing a lot of money in Germany overall. Apple works with several German providers, such as DELO, Infineon and Varta. In total, Apple has spent $ 17.8 billion (€ 15 billion) with 700 German companies over the past five years

Here is a rendering of the new building in Karlstras, Munich. It should open at the end of 2022:

Image Credit: Apple