August 13, 2022
Microsoft hires chief Apple engineer Mike Filippo to design server chips

Microsoft has hired a leading Apple engineer to design its own chips for its servers, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The software giant hired chip industry veteran Mike Filippo, who worked for Apple for more than two years, Report Told.

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

The cloud computing heavy-weight relies heavily on Intel and Advanced Micro Devices to supply chips for its Azure cloud computing services as well as the Surface PC.

Hiring Filippo means Microsoft is accelerating a push to make in-house chips to power Azure cloud computing services for its servers, the report said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Filippo, who began his career as a CPU designer at chip designer AMD in 1996, has worked at Intel and UK-based ARM before joining Apple.

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

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