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Apple loses key engineer responsible for A series processor development

By onetheycallEric · 6 replies
Mar 31, 2019
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  1. Gerard Williams III, who was Apple's senior director in platform architecture and a key semiconductor engineer responsible for the A series processor development, has left the company CNET reports. Williams reportedly left in February, after a nine year stint with the company. Before starting with Apple in 2010, Williams worked at Arm for 12 years.

    Williams worked on custom CPU cores for Apple before pivoting to overseeing the entire development of the SoC (system-on-a-chip) itself. Williams spearheaded development of every A series chip from Apple's first 64-bit processor, the A7, all the way to Apple's recent A12X. The A7 first appeared in 2013, powering the iPhone 5S while the A12X currently powers the iPad Pro, which Apple boasts is faster than 92 percent of mobile computers -- a claim that certain benchmarks support.

    Williams' departure will certainly be a sting for Apple, as his work on 64-bit mobile has been industry leading, and his name appears on more than 60 patents. Apple lost another key engineer in 2017, when Manu Gulati left to work on custom chips for Google's Pixel devices. Williams would assume Gulati's role, and remain there for two years.

    Apple losing Williams comes as the company is making a push towards designing custom silicon for future devices, purportedly as early as 2020. It is unclear how Williams' departure will affect Apple or what Williams' future plans are.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,464   +3,024

    Is this a technical article or satire?

    Understandably, for most readers here, the desire to own Apple products can only be matched by the common sentiment to see Apple collapse onto itself, like a dying star. But let's be professional in how we choose to bash it.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,377   +3,770

    Apple has never been accused of being a "people company" ...... just one that counts the numbers and replaces them as they go .......
  4. Kashim

    Kashim TS Booster Posts: 96   +76

    I love how the slightest criticism is seen as outright bashing to Apple fanboys like yourself. In your eyes you either love Apple absolutely or hate it absolutely, there's no middle ground.
  5. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 893   +497

    Can Apple not just create Gerard Williams IV ?
    I presume that's where the first 3 came from.
  6. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 893   +497

    If he has any brains, he is setting up his own company to contract himself to Apple as a consultant.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,464   +3,024

    Only the Sith deal in absolutes.

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