At the facility, Apple appears to have used the services of "nearly two dozen" former Intel employees and Oregon technicians. Moving third-party to custom CPUs could help lower internal costs and give Apple more control over the entire manufacturing process.
Originally, the company had considered expanding Intel's processors for a "power nap" chip, though it now looks like part of a long-term plan to do it alone. Job postings show that Apple is looking for talent across the board, including expertise in reviewing designs. The exact location of the lab is unknown, but sources familiar with the project said it is near the border between Hillsboro and Beaverton.
Apple also seems to distance itself gradually from the supplier Dialog Semiconductor, which is responsible for Apple's power management chips. CEO Jalal Bagherli revealed The Financial Times that Apple has reduced its orders by 30 percent and said the trend will continue in 201