Apple Hiring in Orlando, Florida for Chip Development
Several job listings were posted by Apple for Orlando, Florida. The job listings surround the developments and testing of processors.
Seven positions available for Orlando by Apple are related to developing and testing processor hardware, while another Orlando-based job seeks candidates who can develop drivers for graphics processors, noted by Apple Insider.
One of the available positions requests a reference model engineer that would specialize in "modeling GPU hardware." While another mentions running the iOS platform on "pre-silicon platforms."
In the Apple job listings they also seek two individuals who would be involved in design verification. According to the Apple job post, employees would "develop verification plans, create verification test bench components, generate tests, run simulations, and debug design issues."
Apple has also been hiring positions for their Melbourne Design Center after the acquisition of fingerprint sensor firm AuthenTec.
While it's unlikely that any of these Orlando-based jobs are related to Apple's acquisition of AuthenTec, a maker of fingerprint scanning technology headquartered in Melbourne, Florida which is located about an hour south of Orlando on Florida's Space Coast.
Analyst Ming-chi Kuo of KGI securities, who is always predicting Apple's future product plans, reported in January that Apple plans to release their iPhone 5S this coming year with the anticipated fingerprint sensor featuring AuthenTec's technology.
According to Kuo, the sensor will be located under the home button and it will allow users to bypass password entry and potentially authenticate e-wallet transactions.
Either way, connected or not, Apple's presence is growing in Florida.
Analysts believe Apple may use Orlando to create it’s next generation A-series processor for iPhone and iPad enabled devices.
"It's possible that Apple may be working with AMD, which has an R&D and design facility in Orlando, in some capacity," reports Mac Rumors. In one job listing for a summer internship, Apple refers to the location as its "Orlando Design Center".