Microsoft hires key Apple engineer to design server chips

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(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:) has hired a key engineer from Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) to design its own chips for its servers, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The software giant has hired chip industry veteran Mike Filippo, who worked for Apple for more than two years, according to the report.

Microsoft is working on internal processors for servers running its cloud services and its Surface line of personal computers, a source told Reuters in December 2020.

The cloud computing heavyweight relies heavily on Intel (NASDAQ:) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:) Inc to supply chips for its Azure cloud computing services as well as Surface PCs.

The decision to hire Filippo implies that Microsoft is accelerating its efforts to create local chips for its servers powering Azure cloud services, the report adds.

Filippo, who started his career as a processor designer at AMD in 1996, previously worked at Intel and UK-based ARM Ltd before joining Apple, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Microsoft and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

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