Apple will open the largest semiconductor laboratory in Europe in Munich: it will invest more than one billion euros in it
Apple continues to expand its technological romance with the German city of Munich. The Californian company employs more than 1,500 engineers in the Bavarian capital in what is its largest technology center in Europe, facilities that it will expand in the next three years with the construction of a 30,000 square meter wireless mobile software and semiconductor laboratory.
Apple assures that it will be the center of R&D (innovation + development) for semiconductors and mobile technologies largest in Europe, and for its construction will invest more than one billion euros in three years. The Cupertino (California) -based company has christened these new facilities, which will be located in the center of Munich, as the European Silicon Design Center, and has assured that it will create hundreds of new jobs.
The team in this new laboratory will focus in creating components for wireless technologies, both 5G and the next generation, and modems for Apple products.
This anouncement It comes just one day after the European Commission published its plan for the digital transformation of the Old Continent, in which, among other things, the community executive emphasized the need to increase semiconductor production in the euro zone in the next ten years. An effort for which the European institutions will allocate significant budget items through grants.
In Munich since the eighties
Apple’s presence in Munich dates back to 1981, when the company founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak opened its first office with ten employees. At present, those of Cupertino They have seven offices in the Bavarian capital and two of the 15 Apple Stores that exist in Germany.
“Munich has been the home of Apple for four decades and we are grateful to this community and to Germany for being part of our journey, “said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the press release announcing the new European laboratory.
Until now, the main function of Apple teams in the Bavarian region was geared towards improve the energy efficiency of your device batteries. In fact, the company claims that roughly half of the company’s energy research worldwide takes place in this part of Germany.
Munich is one of the main technology centers in Europe. The Bavarian capital, in addition to Apple, has the presence of other sector giants such as Google, which also has important R&D teams in the region, or Siemens. In addition, it is home to some of the most important German companies, such as the car brands BMW or Audi.