Apple is creating a new office that will focus on wireless chip production as the company works to bring more of its chip development in-house.
Apple is looking to hire a few dozen engineers in Southern California to develop components that may eventually replace parts that are currently from companies like Skyworks. Major chip makers are located in Irvine, California, which is close to Los Angeles.
Apple is looking for employees who have expertise in modem chips and wireless semiconductors, and they will work at the facility on wireless radios, radio-frequency integrated semiconductors, and semiconductors for connecting to the internet.
One job listing says that Apple's growing wireless Silicon development team is developing the next generation of wireless Silicon. One says that employees will be at the center of a wireless design group that will have a critical impact on getting Apple's state-of-the-art wireless solutions into hundreds of millions of products.
The multi-year deal Apple signed with Broadcom was set to last for three and a half years, but will end in 2023. Apple will get a range of specified high-performance wireless components and modules.
When the contract ends, Apple will be able to use its own components.
Apple has been working to bring more of its chip production in-house to reduce its reliance on third-party suppliers. When Apple completes work on its 5G modem chip, it will be able to stop using 5G chips fromQualcomm.
Current rumors suggest that Apple's modem chips will be ready for use in the 2023 iPhone models, so Apple will continue to use the same chips for the 14 lineup.
TSMC will manufacture the Apple-designed 5G modems for the 2023 iPhones, and it has already acknowledged that it expects to supply only 20% of the modems for the 2023 iPhone, with Apple largely relying on its own 5G chips.