Coming on the heels of job postings for chip engineers at Apple’s Orlando Design Center, it was a recently discovered that Apple picked up at least 12 former AMD graphics specialists for its “Orlando GPU team,” suggesting research and development into custom SoCs is being accelerated. According to the LinkedIn profiles, a number of the 12 known engineers were actually hired in January, roughly two months before handful of Orlando-based job listings were posted to Apple’s website.

Among the people that were hired were graphics architects and a hardware engineer, hinting at Apple’s ongoing custom in-house mobile chip design, though the new employees’ exact duties remain unclear.

As of right now, it appears that Apple still has positions to fill in Florida as the company’s corporate hiring site recently posted a listing for a “Site Manager,” who will be leading the Orlando GPU team. While the position looks to be mostly managerial, it does require applicants to have roughly ten years of experience in leading “high performance GFX (or equivalent complexity) intellectual property development teams.”

The Cupertino California company is also looking for identical candidates in its home base of Cupertino suggesting that the company is ramping up research and development of its custom-designed mobile chips.

We’ll have to see what comes of Apple’s hiring endeavors by waiting patiently.

Source: LinkedIn (1) (2) via MacRumors