Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Apple has a secret hardware engineering lab in Oregon

Apple has a secret hardware engineering lab in Oregon

According to the Cult of Mac, Apple is silently robbing researchers and engineers from Intel for its new engineering lab situated in Washington County, Oregon.

"LinkedIn profiles indicate Apple has been hiring for its Washington County site since November and that a number of its new employees previously held senior research or engineering roles at Intel".

Apple's Project Kalamata has been launched last month and it plans to replace the Intel Mac chips with internally-produced processors.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment - the company is notoriously secretive about its research activities - so it's unclear how many people it plans to hire for the OR facility, what products they're working on, OR the office's exact location. It's supposedly raiding talent from other Oregon-based tech employers like Intel.

The next few years should be interesting on the Apple PC front. In other words, someone who can ensure a finished product matches original specifications. The company operates a data center and a software development team in areas around Portland, Oregon.

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All of these factors combined strongly suggest that Apple will be working on computer processors in OR, as the company embarks on the early stages of Project Kalamata.

It is speculated that the company will make the shift from 2020, with the company unveiling its first Apple/ARM-powered computing hardware next year. Intel has been a provider of Mac processors and chips for more than a decade now.

With that being said, it is really unsurprising that the rumor mill specifies that Apple is also working hard to design its own chips for its MacBook 2018 line.

Apple is far from the first technology firm to open offices or even research facilities in the or and Washington area, and this isn't even Apple's first in the region.

Additionally, Apple's Advanced Computation Group is located in Portland and has reportedly been there for nearly a decade. A secret hardware lab added to the mix could mean Apple's next big thing will be born in the Beaver State.

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