The money will be spent over the next six years to further enable Apple’s European R&D teams.
This week Apple announced that it plans to invest 1 billion euros in its European Silicon Design Center in Munich, Germany. This is on top of the company’s previous 1 billion euro investment commitment from 2021, when Apple established Munich as the headquarters to its new European Silicon Design Centre. The facility is already Apple’s largest engineering hub in Europe.
The announcement comes shortly after Apple announced that it plans to phase out non-Apple chips and replace them with the company’s own designs.
“Our Munich engineering teams are on the cutting edge of innovation, helping imagine new technologies at the heart of the products we make,“ said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple has been in Munich for more than 40 years, and we’ve never been more excited about what the future holds here.”
A state-of-the-art research facility
Apple says it will design and construct a state-of-the-art research facility at Seidlstrasse. “With significant lab space, cutting-edge design, and a central location, the space will enable Apple’s R&D teams to come together in new ways, enhancing collaboration and innovation”, the company says.
The project builds on Apple’s longstanding presence in Germany and growing investments across Europe. Indeed, the R&D teams based in Munich have contributed to the “breakthrough custom silicon designs” used in the latest Apple products, according to the tech giant. These achievements include the new MacBook Pro featuring M2 Pro and M2 Max, Apple’s next-generation Mac silicon. The Munich facility has also produced “critical cellular and power management innovations”, Apple says.
Home to over 2,000 engineers
Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies, praised the work coming out of Germany. “Our R&D teams in Munich are critical to our efforts to develop products delivering greater performance, efficiency, and power savings”, he said.
“The expansion of our European Silicon Design Centre will enable an even closer collaboration between our more than 2,000 engineers in Bavaria working on breakthrough innovations, including custom silicon designs, power management chips, and future wireless technologies.”