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Apple's wireless tech R&D offices in Irvine expand again

Irvine offices (Source: Irvine Company Office Properties)

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Apple is adding another two floors of office space in Irvine, California, as it continues to expand the team working on developing its own in-house wireless processors.

The first Orange County offices for Apple's wireless R&D efforts were established in the Spectrum Terrace offices, some 630 miles south of Apple Park. That provided 115,290 square feet of office space, and now Apple has signed a deal for 55,667 square at 17800 Laguna Canyon Road, a two-minute drive away.

According to the Orange County Business Journal, the new space is owned by the same real estate developer as Spectrum Terrace. This second expansion is expected to see Apple moving in to the new space in December 2023.

As with the original expansion, Apple is reportedly now recruiting for hardware engineers and researches familiar with radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) technology. It's also hiring engineers to work on its own semiconductors for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Apple has most notably bought wireless processors from Qualcomm, and currently continues to do so. But according to the Orange County Business Journal, it has also been a major customer for Irvine-based semiconductor firms including Skyworks Solutions Inc.