Apple seems keen to get more hands-on with the design of the chips found inside its devices. The Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting the company has purchased a chip manufacturing facility in San Jose.
Purchased for $18.2 million, the building was formerly occupied by Maxim Integrated Products, which is very close to Samsung’s own Silicon Valley base of operations.
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Apple could do anything they want with the building, of course, but the listing agent says it is “well suited for prototype, pilot, and low-volume manufacturing,” and “offers a complete tool line consisting of 197 well-maintained front-end tools” included in the sale by Maxim.
It’s probably best suited as an R&D facility for Apple where some prototyping can take place. There have been rumblings Apple is interested in sourcing Intel for next-generation chips, so perhaps this is meant to accelerate the process.
➤ Exclusive: Apple buys former chip fab in North San Jose [Silicon Valley Business Journal via Business Insider]
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