Apple announced that Munich will be the company´s European Silicon Design Centre, adding hundreds of new employees and a new state-of-the-art facility focused on connectivity and wireless technologies. Munich is already Apple’s largest engineering hub in Europe, with close to 1 500 engineers from 40 countries working in a variety of areas including power management design, application processors, and wireless technologies.
The expanded team will focus on 5G and potentially future wireless technologies.
The company plans to invest USD 1.2 billion over the next three years on a new building and new R&D investments. While Apple is partnering with Qualcomm for the 5G modems in the iPhone 12 lineup, the company has also acquired most of Intel´s smartphone modem business.