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Apple to invest €1bn in expanded German chip design centre

Paul Lipscombe
March 10, 2021

It comes as the European Commission set a target of producing 20pc of the world’s semiconductors by 2030 

Apple has announced an investment of €1 billion in Germany as part of plans to expand its silicon design production in Munich.

The investment will enable the tech giant to focus on 5G and future wireless technologies at the plant.

Munich is already the home of Apple’s largest engineering hub in Europe and has close to 1,500 engineers working there, with hundreds of new employees to be added the vendor has revealed.

The design centre first opened in 2015 with the team responsible for creating power management unit chips.

Since then the engineers in Munich have created custom silicon to deliver more efficient iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac products with the M1 chip.

It will be Europe’s largest R&D site for mobile wireless semiconductors and software, and comes as the European Commission set a target of 20 per cent market share for the global production of semiconductors by 2030.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “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.

“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.”

Apple will move into the new 30,000-square-metre facility in 2022, with the hub located in Karlstrasse, Munich.

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