AMD has been laying off people left and right over the last year, but it seems like the graphics engineers laid off might not need to worry. Apple has been picking up AMD’s former employees for new GPU teams based in the Orlando, FL area.
According to MacRumors, the company picked up most of the new employees earlier this year, including a GPU hardware engineer, graphics architect, and more. Apple is also looking to higher Site Managers in both Orlando and Cupertino to manage the nascent GPU teams in both locations.
Over the last several years, there have been rumors about Apple wishing to bring more and more of the design process of its CPUs in house, leading it to acquire companies familiar with the intricacies of the design process – like P.A. Semi and Intrinsity. The new GPU hires are very likely intended to produce new architectures for Apple’s iOS products, which include the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and iPod Touch.