Microsoft hires key Apple engineer Mike Filippo to develop server chips


Microsoft has hired a key Apple engineer to develop its own chips for its servers, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people with expertise.

The software giant hired chip industry veteran Mike Filippo, who worked for Apple for over two years, the report said.

Microsoft is working on internal processors for the servers that run its cloud computing services and the Surface range of personal computers, a source told Reuters in December 2020.

The cloud computing heavyweight relies heavily on Intel and Advanced Micro Devices to provide chips for its Azure cloud computing services as well as Surface PCs.

The move to hire Filippo implies Microsoft is accelerating its push to develop its own chips for its servers that power Azure cloud computing services, the report added.

Filippo, who started his career as a CPU designer at chip designer AMD in 1996, previously worked at Intel and the British ARM before joining Apple, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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