Citingmedia Tom’s Hardware, the company has decided to close two research and development centers in Germany by the end of the year, causing 450 employees to lose their jobs, citingmedia. According to the official announcement, one is in Nuremberg, with about 250 employees, while the other is in Duisburg, with about 200 employees.
Two research and development centers in Germany are focused on the development of modem chips and related software for smartphones, as well as enriching Intel’s patented assets. With the recent sale of Intel’s 5G smartphone modem division completed, the two research centers are no longer necessary to continue.
Intel’s closure of the site is not surprising. Intel said in October that Apple would only take over Intel’s munich plants, not the Nuremberg and Duisburg offices. Apple could have offered its most important employees a service to move to Munich, but because the distance was too far, few would have accepted it.