The Korea Times reports that Apple is headhunting experienced employees engaged in signal and visual processing management.
"Some of our personnel have been hired by Apple. They now work at Apple's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.," said one official, adding that Apple is offering large payments and highly competitive benefits. "Those former Samsung workers are given greater independence to proceed with their tasks. Apple prefers to use Samsung's chip experts because they are very diligent, mission-oriented and are prepared to acquire new knowledge," said another.
Apple's hiring of Samsung personnel has apparently expanded to include those specializing in batteries. "As the electric vehicle business is a new one, Apple needs patents and experts in battery technology. Top human resources firms have been approaching Samsung's battery experts, individually, and I think such human exchange moves are a win-win for both," said an official.
Notably, A123 Systems has just sued Apple claiming that it stole workers to develop its own 'large scale battery division'. The workers were allegedly under contracts with noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure obligations.
Apple is rumored to be working on an electric, self-driving vehicle. Led by Vice President Steve Zadesky, the company is putting together a huge team of talented engineers to work on the project, codenamed Titan.
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