Apple’s R&D center in Israel grew to about 800 employees

15 May, 2016

Senior VP of Hardware Technologies at Apple, Johny Srouji, said that Apple's employees in Israel are responsible for strategic technological developments

Senior VP of Hardware Technologies at Apple, Johny Srouji, said that Apple’s employees in Israel are responsible for strategic technological developments

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Senior vice president of Hardware Technologies at Apple Johny Sarouji

Senior VP of Hardware Technologies at Apple, Johny Srouji, revealed last week at ChipEx2016 in Tel Avi, that Apple’s R&D center in Israel grew to about 800 employees, and is responsible for strategic projects and new technologies. Srouji said that when he has joined Apple in 2008, he put the idea to open research and development center in Israel.

The idea was backed by Steve Jobs and Tim Coock, and realized only in 2011. Apple’s center in Israel was the first R&D facility Apple opened outside Cupertino, California.

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Gav Yam O2 building housing Apple Israel offices

The opportunity came when Apple acquired the Israeli fabless flash memory designer Anobit, who’s 200 employees were absorbed in the new center. Later on, in 2013, Apple bought the Tel-Aviv based 3D Sensors developer PrimeSense, integrating its 150 employees along with another group of 150 engineers of Texas Instruments Israel, following large scale layoffs.

Last year Apple acquired the camera tech company LinX, and expanded again its workforce with the company’s dozen employees It means that gained approximately 500 employees through mergers and acquisitions, and hired about 300 more employees. According to various sources, the Apple Israel facilities, currently staffed by 800 persons, can accommodate up to 1,200 employees.

Our Israel Engineers help us to create the future  

“Our Herzliya office and Haifa facility employ more than 800 Engineers,” said Srouji during a reception in ChipEx2016. “They are focused on hardware and Software integration for IoT and other important future developments. Our Israeli engineering team has a key role in our technological achievements thus far, and it helps us to create the future.”

Srouji further said that “The quality and reliability of our products is off utmost importance to us. A silicon chip lies in the heart of every smartphone and camera, used by people everywhere. Each photo might be the most private and meaningful artifact, and we take this very seriously. Other Apple products are of critical importance as well – Apple watches for example have saved lives by alerting of a risk for coronary diseases, and this is why reliably is of such a grave importance to us.”

Srouji, who is considers by many the most senior Israeli high-tech personality worldwide, was awarded the “Global industry leader” prize by the global and local chip industry.

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