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
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.
Apple’s latest hire.
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
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
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
Technologies and power-management chip
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.