Jim Mergard, a 16-year chip engineer responsible for developing the high-profile Brazos AMD tech, has reportedly joined Apple. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mergard ditched Samsung, one of Apple’s fiercest rivals, to make the move to Cupertino, where he’ll possibly contribute to both mobile and PC processors.
“Veteran technical talent is in high demand and there are many opportunities for top-flight engineers to move between companies,” WSJ said. “Apple has been staffing up for several years with chip designers to help differentiate its mobile devices.”
Mergard allegedly has special knowledge of systems on a chip (SoCs), which would be beneficial for Apple as it looks to stay competitive in the mobile space. Or, better yet, continue to assert itself in the simmering PC market, where the company has successfully battled Windows-based computers.
The move is a clear indication that Apple means serious business, eyeing an opportunity to beef up its robust engineering talent. We’re curious to find out what Mergard adds to the equation. Hopefully his skills will translate into an iPhone/iPad equipped with a quad-core chip.