Apple beefs up rumored baseband engineering team with ex-Broadcom hires

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Apple's been keen to move more and more of their design work in-house, and the latest hires indicate that they might even be ready to move baseband processor work into the labs of Cupertino as well. According to AppleInsider, two senior Broadcom engineers — Paul Change and Xiping Wang — have joined Apple after years at the wireless chip manufacturer, and Apple has apparently added "at least 30 mid- and senior-level baseband software and hardware engineers from Broadcom" and Qualcomm in the last three years. Apple also has about 50 more openings for RF chip design engineers.

For the last few years Apple has exclusively used their own A-series processores in iOS devices, and recently purchased a majority stake in display chip builder renesas as well. Though Apple has relied on Qualcomm for some time for their baseband processors, it's not terribly surprising to see them wanting to move that chip design in-house as well.

The moves to do in-house work for processors and chipsets has been driven not just by Apple's famous desire for control, but to build chips that are perfectly-suited to what Apple wants and needs for their devices. That means processors that leave out anything not needed for lower manufacturing costs and improved power efficiency, as compared to off-the-shelf processors that are designed to handle anything and everything a manufacturer might want to do — all while advancing beyond what the competition is putting out.

Source: AppleInsider, two senior Broadcom engineers

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Apple beefs up rumored baseband engineering team with ex-Broadcom hires


I love how Apple makes it's own Hardware and Software. Just makes there devices seem flawless. Even after using many different android devices with all there different skins and nifty tricks they all seem so clunky compared to the iPhone in my opinion. Even the newer HTC M8 and GS5 just don't feel as smooth or polished compared to what Apple can achieve. Kind of reminds me of old laptops running windows with each make and model adding different layers of there own software onto it. Causing endless amounts of downloading new drivers and hot fix patches and causing issues with the main windows OS. Ugh.

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