In order to make the Apple Silicon a reality, Apple obviously needs a team of designers and engineers to help design and make its custom chipset a reality. Recently, one of Apple’s key engineers left the company to go work for Intel, and it looks like the bleeding doesn’t stop there.
According to a report from Bloomberg, they cite people familiar with the matter where it was suggested that Apple just lost another key member of its semiconductor team, this time to Microsoft. The report claims that semiconductor designer Mike Filippo has left Apple to work for Microsoft where he will be helping the company create their own chips that could power the Azure cloud-computing services.
Microsoft faces stiff competition in the cloud computing space from the likes of Google and Amazon, so it makes sense that they’re trying to bolster their own offerings by creating more custom hardware that would help them stand out from the competition. Filippo had worked at Apple from 2019 as a chip architect.
Prior to that, he had a long stint at ARM as one of the company’s top designers. He also held positions at both Intel and AMD. Once again, it’s hard to tell how much Filippo’s decision to leave Apple will affect the company’s plans for its future chipsets, so only time will tell.