Globes is reporting that Apple has now opened its third R&D center in Israel. The facility is based in the city of Ra’anana and will be staffed by 100 to 150 former Texas Instruments employees that were laid off late last year and earlier this year. Perviously it was reported Apple only hired “dozens” of those workers.
The Ra’anana R&D center comes after Apple acquired flash memory maker Anobit for up to US$500 million in December 2011 and opened a Haifa-based R&D center in 2012. As with the previous two R&D centers, no one knows exactly what Apple is working on at Ra’anana.
Globes states that when TI owned the facility its operations were primarily based on “technological capabilities in short-range communication chips, mainly for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC” but that “in all likelihood Apple will take the Ra’anana center into a different strategic direction.”