Apple nabs Qualcomm VP to continue chip development

iphone-7-in-hand Apple is
bringing more of its chip development in-house.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple has hired a former Qualcomm Engineering VP to act as the
project lead on its wireless “System on a Chip” (SoC) project,
hinting that it may be planning to develop its own
cellular modems.

The hiring of
Esin Terzioglu, who joined Qualcomm back in 2009, comes at a
time when Apple is locked in a legal battle with the company.

LinkedinApple’s latest hire.
Photo: LinkedIn

“After an
amazing ~8 years at Qualcomm, it is time for me to move on to
my next adventure,” Terzioglu
wrote on LinkedIn
. “It has been my honor and privilege
to have worked with so many talented and dedicated individuals
at Qualcomm where we accomplished great feats as a team (10nm
bring up was a doozy and the team did an amazing job bringing
the first product to market!!!). I feel privileged for the
opportunity to continue my career at Apple.”

The relationship between Apple and
Qualcomm — which produces the wireless chips used in
various Apple devices — soured earlier this year
after Apple filed a
$1 billion lawsuit
 against the chipmaker.

claimed that Qualcomm has been charging charging royalties
on technology it does not own, while Qualcomm
has hit
back with a lawsuit of its own
, arguing that Apple is
being misleading and has breached its
contract. Qualcomm reportedly plans to try and force
Apple’s hand by seeking
a ban on Apple importing iPhones
 into the United

There has
also been a squabble between Qualcomm
and four of Apple’s suppliers
, after Apple allegedly
pressured them to withhold royalty payments to Qualcomm.

hiring a senior Qualcomm employee certainly appears incendiary
at this time, Apple’s been reportedly bringing more and more of
its chip production work in-house for some time now. This
“insourcing” has so far affected Apple GPU
maker Imagination
 and power-management chip
company Dialog

Bringing production in-house offers a number of advantages for
Apple, such as letting it better control R&D as well
as lowering its margins, thereby making more profit.

Apple Insider


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