The company will begin moving into the new 30,000m² facility in late 2022

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Illustration of Apple’s European silicon design centre in Munich. (Credit: Apple Inc.)

Apple has announced an investment of over €1bn in Germany for adding a new silicon design centre in Munich for focusing on connectivity and wireless technologies.

The investment to be made in the next three years will also be used in research and development (R&D) in mobile wireless semiconductors and software.

The new site in Munich, which will be the company’s European silicon design centre, will add hundreds of new jobs.

Munich is already the largest engineering hub for the company in Europe. It hosts nearly 1,500 engineers from 40 countries who work on a range of areas such as application processors, power management design, and wireless technologies.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “I couldn’t be more excited for everything our Munich engineering teams will discover – from exploring the new frontiers of 5G technology, to a new generation of technologies that bring power, speed, and connectivity to the world.

“Munich has been a home to Apple for four decades, and we’re grateful to this community and to Germany for being a part of our journey.”

The company said that its team in the German city is creating 5G and future technologies. Its teams are also said to focus on developing, integrating, and streamlining wireless modems for the company’s products.

Apple will look to begin moving into the new 30,000m² facility in late 2022. It will be fully powered by renewable energy.

Prior to the new centre, the company had opened its Bavarian Design Centre in Munich in 2015. The teams at this centre have created custom silicon, which includes the M1 chip used in the company’s iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac products.

About two years ago, Apple added silicon engineering facilities in Nabern, Kirchheim unter Teck.

Apple is said to have spent more than €15bn with over 700 companies across Germany in the last five years. Included in these are Infineon, a chip manufacturer, Varta, a battery company, and chemical company DELO.