There are lots of indications that Apple plans to move towards using its own ARM processors in Macs, and now there is another proof to that objective. The company has hired a lead CPU architect designer from ARM.
A couple of months ago, Apple hired Mike Filippo to join its chip architecture team which is based out of Texas and the departure was confirmed by ARM.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mike Filippo worked at ARM for 10 years, serving as its Lead CPU Architect and Lead System Architect. Prior to ARM, Filippo worked at both AMD and Intel. He joined Apple in May 2019.
The hire was first noticed by Anshel Sag on Twitter. Despite the fact that Filippo’s LinkedIn profile suggests he still holds his position at ARM, a company’s statement in Bloomberg confirmed that the architect has departed the chipmaker.
“Mike was a long-time valuable member of the ARM community,” a spokesman for the U.K.-based company said. “We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him well in his next endeavor.”
Apple hired Filippo after the company lost its lead semiconductor engineer earlier this year. Gerard Williams III left the company after nine years as a senior director of platform architecture, leading the way on many of Apple’s A-series processors used in iPad and iPhone.
Apparently, Mike Filippo will fill some of the responsibilities left by Williams, contributing to Apple’s own A-series chips.
Currently, the company is in the process of migrating its Mac line to ARM processors to reduce its reliance on Intel. Apple has already designed its own A-series chips for the iPhone and the iPad and they have proven to be incredibly powerful. According to sources within Intel, Apple does plan to transition to ARM-based processors in Macs by 2020.