Archived Post

Apple sues former chip architect, claiming he violated his employee agreement

Another day, another lawsuit. But this time it’s Apple doing the suing. The tech giant is suing Gerald Williams III (pictured), the former chief architect of its iPhone and iPad microprocessors, who in February quit to co-found a data-center chip design biz, reports The Register.

Apple says he broke his employment agreement while setting up his new enterprise. Williams – who oversaw the design of the company’s custom Arm processors for nearly a decade – quit Apple in February to head up the newly founded Nuvia, which claims to have $53 million in funding. And which boasts eight former Apple employees.

Apple’s lawsuit alleges Williams hid the fact he was preparing to leave the company to start his own business while still working at Apple, and drew on his work in steering iPhone processor design to create his new company. Apple’s lawyers claim he tried to lure away staff from his former employer, all of this in breach of his contract, notes The Register.

According to Bloomberg, Williams accuses Apple of a “stunning and disquieting invasion of privacy” over its monitoring of his texts. In one message, he saysApple would have “no choice but to purchase” his new company.

In “Apple’s theory, if one Apple employee speaks to (or texts) another employee conveying criticisms of Apple’s strategies or decisions, that discussion is itself a purportedly unlawful ‘solicitation’ to leave Apple,” Williams says in a filing.

As far as Nuvia, it plans to create a CPU server core and associated SoC that will provide a “step-function” in performance improvement over every other product in the category — all while working within current data center power constraints, according to the company’s vice president of marketing, Jon Carvill.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.