US tech giant Microsoft has expanded its data chip development center at its research and development facility in Israel.
Haaretz reports that the expansion at its offices in the northern city of Haifa is tasked with developing state-of-the-art chips to speed up networking at its data centers, which operate the tech giant’s cloud service. The group’s staff includes hardware and software engineers, who previously worked with such tech companies as Intel, IBM, Apple, and Broadcom.
Other tech companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, have also increased investment in chip production in Israel. Google, in particular, announced in March the launch of a chip development center in Israel that will be headed by Uri Frank, a former senior Intel executive. These tech companies are seeking to develop and build their own chips for their server farms and stop buying them from chip manufacturers like Intel.