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May 31, 2018

Apple Has Reportedly Opened New Engineering Hub in Greater Portland

by John_A

Apple appears to have opened a new engineering hub in Oregon, expanding the company’s presence in the Pacific Northwest tech sector.

Apple Store at Pioneer Place in Portland
The Oregonian via Patently Apple reports that the offices are located in Washington County, near the border between Beaverton and Hillsboro, in the western suburbs of Portland. The building’s exact location has not been disclosed.

Apple has already hired close to two-dozen employees to work at the hub, including a number of people who previously held senior research or engineering roles at chipmaker Intel, according to the report. The information was gathered from job postings, social media profiles, and a person familiar with the matter.

While the Intel poaching has fueled speculation about Apple’s rumored plans to release its first ARM-based MacBook as early as 2020, it’s of course common for major technology companies to recruit talent from each other.

MacRumors performed a basic job search on Apple’s website and came across listings for hardware engineers with expertise in design verification and validation of Apple’s system-on-a-chip designs, like the A11 Fusion chip in the latest iPhones. All of the openings have a listed location of Portland, Oregon.

Apple has existing operations in the region, including a software development team in Vancouver, a data center site in Prineville, and an advanced computation group in southeast Portland, according to the report.

Apple’s presence in the Pacific Northwest extends to Seattle, where it has an artificial intelligence and machine learning hub. The company also continues to lease additional office space near its headquarters in Cupertino, California, while exploring areas for a new campus focused on technical support.
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