Apple to build semiconductor R&D center in Israel, sources say

“Apple Inc. has decided to open a development center in Israel focusing on semiconductors,” Shmulik Shelach reports for Globes, citing unnamed sources. “The decision was taken even before the company entered into talks to acquire Herzliya-based flash storage solutions provider Anobit Ltd.”

“Apple has hired Aharon Aharon, a veteran player in Israel’s high tech industry, to lead the new development center,” Shelach reports. “Apple corporate VP R&D Ed Frank is currently visiting Israel. Frank’s background is in semiconductors and he has spent most of the last decade in senior positions at Broadcom Corporation, where he has managed communications chips activities and R&D generally. Frank has been meeting with Israeli companies and high tech businesspeople, although the purpose of the visit has probably not been to identify acquisitions.”

Shelach reports, “Apple’s strategy over the years has been to have full control over most of the components in its products. Apple’s history with chips began in 2008 with the acquisition of P.A. Semi, which today forms the basis for all the company’s computers and phones.”

MacDailyNews Note: Incorrect. To date, Apple’s “A” processors power iOS devices only. Intel processors power all of Apple’s Macintosh lines.

“In 2010, Apple made a number of acquisitions, in contrast to previous periods when the company preferred organic growth. In semiconductors, the company acquired swift processors developer Intrinsity, on which it has based its iPad A4 processors,” Shelach reports. “There is something in common between the acquisition of Intrinsity and Apple’s interest in Anobit. Both companies have cooperated with Korean giant Samsung, which is waging a fierce IP legal battle with Apple and is its main rival for global hegemony in smartphones and tablets.”

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

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