Apple to Invest Over 1 Billion Euros in Munich Silicon Design Center

Apple will make Munich its European Silicon Design Center, the company announced today. Work already being undertaken by Apple in Bavaria's capital is contributing to its custom Apple silicon designs, while the expansion, together with additional investment in R&D, will exceed 1 billion euros in the next three years.

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Apple says the new state-of-the-art facility will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, which is already Apple's largest engineering hub in Europe, with around 1,500 engineers from 40 countries working in a variety of areas including power management design and application processors. The new facility will house employees who will focus on connectivity and wireless technologies.

"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 to Germany for being a part of our journey."

The new, 30,000-square-meter facility is located in central Munich's Karlstrasse, and will be home to Apple's growing cellular unit, Europe's largest R&D site for mobile wireless semiconductors and software. Teams there will create 5G and future technologies, and focus on developing, integrating, and optimizing wireless modems for Apple products.

Apple plans to start moving into the new building in late 2022, and like all Apple offices globally, it will run entirely on 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple says it has spent over 15 billion euros with more than 700 companies of all sizes across Germany. This includes the chip manufacturer Infineon, battery company Varta, and the family-owned chemical company DELO, which is delivering resin for Face ID technology in products like the iPhone 12.

Top Rated Comments

laz232 Avatar
5 weeks ago

I bet this would have been in the UK had they not brexited. I mean it is the home of ARM after all and Apple is an English speaking company from America so there would be a lot of synergy there.
No way - Apple bought Intel Mobile's campus in Munich a few years ago - makes sense to consolidate.
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LFC2020 Avatar
5 weeks ago
Just when the competition thought they were catching up. ?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joecomo Avatar
5 weeks ago
From the quality of life aspect - this is looks like a great place to work - and it is perfectly situated within the City.
Not as "artsy" as Berlin - but with great weather, beautiful surroundings, somehow capable government and nice architecture. Well done Apple!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
laz232 Avatar
5 weeks ago

I wonder if they went there because of the European Patent Office head quarters ?
No - it's because there was the old Siemens -> Infineon -> Intel Mobile -> Apple Mobile site at Neubiberg (Munich).
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Quu Avatar
5 weeks ago
I bet this would have been in the UK had they not brexited. I mean it is the home of ARM after all and Apple is an English speaking company from America so there would be a lot of synergy there.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nordichund Avatar
5 weeks ago
Great to see Apple investing in Europe and in a city historically renowned for inventing and developing technology. I love Munich, I lived there for one fantastic year. Yes it is expensive, but if you are earning enough so is the quality of life. I only left because I was pining for the fjords :)
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