Samsung Hires Semiconductor Expert From Apple

Samsung, a South Korean tech giant, has reportedly hired semiconductor expert Kim Woo-pyeong from Apple, who will serve as the company’s director for a new packaging solutions center. The company established the Packaging Solution Center at Device Solution America (DSA) in July and hired Woo-pyeong as its director, Business Korea reports.

After studying at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Woo-pyeong worked for Texas Instruments and Qualcomm before working for Apple for about nine years in 2014.

Experts said the appointment is somewhat unusual considering the special relationship between Samsung and Apple, as the two cooperate and compete with each other at the same time, according to the report.

It’s not easy to find similar cases except for Samsung’s 2012 hiring of Luc Julia, who oversaw Siri development at Apple for nearly a year, he added. Packaging is one of the fields where Samsung Electronics is focusing on technology development.

As the difficulty of developing ultramicro manufacturing processes increases, chipmakers are moving toward improving packaging technology to overcome physical limitations.

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