It is now out in the media, that Apple will build its European Silicon Design Centre in Munich, Germany. This will mean that they will be employing hundreds of new employees while building a brand-new state of the art facility. The new facility is going to be concentrating on wireless technology and 5G connectivity. The city of Munich is currently Apple’s largest engineering centre, with over 1,000 engineers in a range of areas including, application processors and wireless technologies. They contribute to the company’s custom silicon designs with excellent efficiency and ground-breaking performance. The company’s growth in Munich is rumoured to cost over 1 billion euros in the next few years.

The ultra-modern 30,000 square metre building is in the Centre of Munich’s Karlstrasse and Apple’ cellular unit will be housed in the new facility. The team that will be located there, will create 5G and future technologies.  They will focus on developing wireless technology for future Apple products. The technology giants will start moving into the state-of-the-art facility in 2022 and like all of the other Apple offices around the world, it will run off renewable energy.

Image of a man in a mask working on an Apple product.

“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,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Munich has been a home to Apple for four decades, and we’re grateful to this community and Germany for being a part of our journey.”

Apple engineer’s work in Germany is best seen in the recent M1 processor, which was released in November alongside the MacBook Air & MacBook Pro. The processor delivers high-quality performance with reduced power usage. Over half of Apple’s power management design team are based in Germany.

The European city has also been important to Apple’s supply chain, the tech giants have spent over 15 billion euros with 700 local tech companies including chemical company DELO, whose resin is used in the Face ID Tech in products like the iPhone 12 Pro. Located near Munich, DELO has been partnering with Apple’s environmental team to help reduce its carbon footprint. They have joined Apple’s commitment to be carbon neutral across the business by 2030.

The announcement of Apple’s new R&D facility In Munich comes a day after the EU aims to capture 20% of the global semiconductor’s market by 2030. Europe aims to compete with China & the US’s tech power. Under a new roadmap, the European Commission also wants the EU to create the first quantum computer before the end of the current decade, this is due to the new age of fast computing.


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