Apple loses another top semiconductor engineer to Microsoft

Another high-ranking Apple employee has left the business.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has recruited Mike Filippo, a seasoned semiconductor designer who worked as a chip architect at Apple for the last two years. Filippo’s job at Microsoft will reportedly entail bespoke silicon inside the Azure business, according to the story.

Mike Filippo will work on processors within Microsoft’s Azure group, run by Rani Borkar, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the move hasn’t been announced. A Microsoft spokesman confirmed the hire of Filippo, who also has worked at Arm Ltd. and Intel Corp.

For Apple, Filippo’s exit marks another loss of a high-profile engineer. He joined Apple in 2019 as a chip architect after serving as a top designer of semiconductors at Arm for a decade. He was at Intel for about five years before that. Filippo is credited with advancing the capabilities of Arm’s underlying technologies in phones and other devices.

Filippo’s departure from Apple follows a slew of high-profile executives and engineers who have left the firm. Intel just hired another engineer from the firm.

(Intel) has hired Jeff Wilcox as an Intel Fellow and CTO of the Design Engineering Group. Wilcox, who was previously Director of Mac Systems Architecture at Apple, helped lead the Mac’s transition to Apple silicon that now powers the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac.

Executives and engineers are constantly moving between organizations, but it seems to be speeding up recently.