“Apple has been expanding its workforce in Israel over the past couple of weeks, tapping a pool of former Texas Instruments (TI) employees in the country to build up research and development centers in Hertezliya and Haifa,” Matt Brian reports for The Next Web.

“According to sources close to the situation, Apple has been hiring ‘dozens’ of engineers from Texas Instruments after the company began cutting around 250 jobs from its Ra’anana development center as it looks to lay off around 1,700 employees (about 5 percent of its total workforce) globally,” Brian reports. “Many of the engineers working at the development center were focused on the development of TI’s OMAP and radio (including WiFi and Bluetooth) chips, which are used a number of new smartphone and tablet devices.”

Brian reports, “In September, TI announced it would wind down its operations in OMAP chips and instead focus on embedded platforms, impacting its Israeli workforce. TI is said to be looking to shift its entire R&D center back to the US and shutdown activities in Israel completely.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]