Apple is reportedly hiring a pool of former Texas Instruments (TI) employees in Israel, in an effort to expand its workforce in the country. According to The Next Web, the Cupertino giant is making these hires for research and development centers it plans to build in two major cities of Israel.
The report claims that Apple has hired “dozens” of engineers from Texas Instruments, who began cutting around 250 jobs from its Ra’anana development center, on its way to lay off almost 5 percent of its global workforce. Majority of these engineers were involved in the development of TI’s OMAP and WiFi / Bluetooth chips, which are used in a number of new smartphones and tablets.
Apple actually began looking to hire engineers for its new research center in the city of Haifa back in January with the view to open it by the end of February. The company sought hardware engineers in chip development with strong emphasis on electrical circuits, analogue and hardware testing and verification.
It is likely that the former TI engineers will focus on projects under the leadership of formerly retired SVP Bob Mansfield, who was put in charge of a new Technologies group after Apple announced a major executive reshuffle back in October.
Looks like Apple is taking full advantage of TI’s winding down operations in Israel.