Apple hires engineers in UK for a “newly formed graphics design team”

- Adrian Ungureanu

It seems that Apple’s brake up with Imagination Technologies is real as the American tech giant made a new move just to prove that the British company is not in its plans for the future.

As we noted last week, Apple wants to make its own GPUs and it even announced the British tech company that they will not need them in maximum two years. This came as a surprise since, last autumn, Apple wanted tp buy Imagination Technologies.

Something surely happened in the mean time, that lead to this brake up. Following that announcement, Imagination’s share on the London Stock Exchange took a plunge Monday April 3, droping more that 70% before bouncing back later the same day, after the British company counter Apple’s announcement with an official press release.

In that statement, Imagination advised it believed it would be extremely challenging for Apple to design a brand new GPU architecture from scratch without infringing its intellectual property rights, in what seemed to be a threat of potential legal action. Imagination requested evidence from Apple for its work, but was declined.

But now, on the United Kingdom version of Apple’s jobs board over the last month, the company has listed 12 “Hardware Engineering” job postings in London, located within Hanover Street. Spotted by The Telegraph, the listings are for Apple’s “UK Design Centre,” with 11 out of the 12 openings having some connection to GPU design.

In the listing for the Engineering Program Manager posted on March 29, the posting mentions a “newly formed graphics design team” that would work on the “definition of the architecture, spec, design, and verification of graphics IP from concept through to silicon.”

Another posting for a Design Verification Lead involves “RTL verification of blocks in graphics cores, requiring a “deep understanding of the micro-architectural details of designs, and how they work within the broader GPU.”

Other roles advertised in the last month include a Design Verification Engineer, a Graphics Content Engineer, and an Emulation Engineer who needs to have an understanding of “CPU and/or GPU architecture and micro architecture.”

I think if Imagination thought that Apple was just bluffing, now it looks pretty clear that the Cupertino tech giant isn’t kidding at all.