Apple Inc. hired one of the best chip engineers from ARM Holdings Inc. as the iPhone maker wanted to extend its own chip development to more powerful devices like the Mac and new categories like a headset.
The company hired Mike Filippo for a position as a chip architect in May, as stated in his LinkedIn profile. At ARM, Filippo was a leading developer of chip designs that power the vast majority of smartphones and tablets in the world, and took a new step toward parts for computers. ARM, owned by SoftBank Group Corp., develops microprocessors and licenses technologies that are fundamental to Apple's chip development, Samsung Electronics Co., Qualcomm Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co.
Before joining ARM, Filippo was also an important designer at chip manufacturers Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. ARM confirmed Filippo's departure. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
"Mike has long been a valuable member of the ARM community," said a spokesman for the UK-based company in his next venture.
For Apple, the takeover could help fill the void created by the departure of Gerard Williams III earlier this year: Williams was Apple's chief architect for chips for the iPhone and iPad Apple are using ARM technology for their mobile devices, and Mac processors have been using Intel processors for nearly two decades.
The company had a few years ago initiated a plan to replace Intel chips in its Mac computers by 2020, Based on the ARM architecture, Filippo's experience with more advanced chips like those in servers would help with this effort, Bloomberg News reports that the company plans to extend its internal chip production to new device categories such as a headset, augmented reality and virtual reality
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