A chip expert who worked for Apple for nine years has left the company to join competitor Samsung. Business Korea reports.


Kim Woo-Pyeong has worked for Apple since 2014, according to the report, having worked for Texas Instruments and Qualcomm in previous years. The report is vague about what Kim’s responsibilities at Apple were, only saying that he was a semiconductor expert.

Apple uses a wide range of chips in its devices, from ultra-wideband chip technology to the processors that power all of its devices and a bespoke 5G modem that is reportedly in the works.

At Samsung, Kim will be the company’s director for a new packaging solutions center. In recent years, Samsung has increased its involvement in semiconductors in the face of increasing competition from TSMC, Apple and others. Samsung announced last month that it had started producing 3nm chips with a new transistor architecture.

Competition between Apple and Samsung remains fierce, and both companies continue to compete for customers for smartphones, smartwatches, and accessories like the AirPods and Galaxy Buds. Business Korea calls Samsung’s latest hiring from Apple “somewhat unusual” given the collaborative but competitive relationship between the two companies. Despite their rivalry, Samsung and Apple are working together, especially when it comes to OLED displays.

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