Apple continues to expand its technological romance with the German city of Munich. The California-based company employs more than 1,500 engineers in the Bavarian capital at its largest tech hub in Europe, facilities it will expand over the next three years with the construction of a mobile software and wireless semiconductor lab. of 30,000 square meters .
Apple ensures that it will be the R&D center (innovation + development) for semiconductors and mobile technologies the largest in Europe , and for its construction will invest more than a billion euros in three years. The Cupertino, California-based company has named the new facility, which will be located in downtown Munich, the European Silicon Design Center, and said it will create hundreds of new jobs.
The team at this new lab will focus on creating components for wireless technologies, both 5G and next generation, and modems for Apple products.
The announcement comes just a day after the European Commission released its plan for the digital transformation of the Old Continent, in which, among other things, the EU executive stressed the need to increase semiconductor production in the euro area over the next ten years. An effort for which the European institutions will allocate significant budgetary 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. Currently, 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 a part of our journey,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the press release announcing the new European laboratory.
Until now, the main function of Apple teams in the Bavarian region has been geared towards improving the energy efficiency of the batteries in your device . In fact, the company claims that about half of its energy research worldwide takes place in this part of Germany.
Munich is one of the main technological centers of Europe . The Bavarian capital, in addition to Apple, has the presence of other giants in the sector such as Google , which also has significant R&D teams in the region, or even Siemens. In addition, it is home to some of the most important German companies, such as BMW or Audi car brands .