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December 16, 2011

Apple to set up R&D centre in Israel: rumour

It would be its first R&D facility outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California

By Jason Stamper

Apple will open a research and development centre in Israel focussing on semiconductors, reports suggest, suggesting it will become the first R&D facility outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

According to Globes, the maker of iPods, iPads and iPhones has already hired Israeli high-tech veteran Aharon Aharon to manage the centre to be located in Herzliya, Israel’s answer to Silicon Valley.

Apple vice president of R&D Ed Frank is said to be currently in Israel, the Israeli broadsheet revealed.

Aharon is currently chairman of Camero Technology (Kfar Netter, Israel) which develops through-the-wall radar imaging technology, where he was previously the CEO for a period of six years.

It was reported in Israeli media that Apple was in talks to acquire Anobit, a maker of flash storage technology in Israel, for $400-$500m.

Apple declined to comment on the rumour.

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