Apple today announced a major new investment project, revealing its plans to establish a European Center for Chip Design in Munich, Germany. The financial commitment will exceed 1 billion euros over the next three years.
The facility will hire hundreds of employees and focus on advancing mobile and wireless technologies, including 5G. The research and development will ultimately inform future Apple silicon chip designs.
Currently, Apple relies on Qualcomm to supply separate cellular modem chips for the iPhone, which works in tandem with the Apple A14 SoC. It is no secret that Apple plans to replace Qualcomm modems with an Apple-designed modem in the next future years.
In addition to lowering Apple’s costs, the company hopes it will be able to integrate the modem directly into the system-on-a-chip, alongside the CPU and GPU on the same die. This should result in major power efficiency improvements.