Apple Loses Key Chip Architect to Microsoft

A veteran semiconductor designer from Apple has joined Microsoft as the software giant seeks to expand its own server chip production.

Mike Filippo, a chip industry expert who worked for Apple for over two years, will work on in-house processors for Microsoft’s Azure servers, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The sources refused to be named since the move has not been officially announced.

The move to hire Filippo suggests that the software giant is seeking to accelerate its production of homegrown chips for its servers powering Azure cloud-computing services, following similar efforts from cloud rivals Google and Amazon, the report added.

Filippo started his career as CPU designer at AMD, and has worked for ARM Holdings and Intel before joining Apple, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Filippo’s move marks the second high-profile chip engineer hired away by another company from Apple. Earlier in January, Intel hired Apple Silicon leader Jeff Wilcox.

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