Two high-level baseband engineers have left Broadcom to join the iPhone maker, AppleInsider has learned. The discovery comes hot on the heels of rumours claiming that Apple plans to move baseband processor design in-house.
Before joining Apple as senior program manager, Paul Chang was Broadcom’s principal engineer. He made the move in February after spending more than 11 years as RF lead for the development of baseband transceivers.
Chang’s expertise has generated billions of dollars in revenue for Broadcom, as he was involved in complex mobile communication development projects. He also played a key role in reshaping Broadcom’s mobile communication CMOS business unit.
The second Broadcom engineer joining Apple is Xiping Wang. He took the role at Apple in January after working for about 10 years for Broadcom as design engineer and hardware development manager.
During the past three years, Apple has lured away about 30 mid- and senior-level baseband software and hardware engineers from Qualcomm and Broadcom, but the team isn’t complete yet – at least the open RF chip design-related jobs suggest that, AppleInsider says.