Microsoft said Wednesday it plans to open an engineering design center in Hillsboro this fall and it has hired an Intel vice president to help lead it.
Selim Bilgin was Intel’s vice president for validation engineering before leaving the company last year to join Microsoft. Microsoft, headquartered near Seattle, has posted openings for four categories of semiconductor engineering jobs in Oregon this month alone.
“Although we’ve had an office in the area for some time now, the new design center will serve as Microsoft’s dedicated engineering hub in the region,” Bilgin wrote in an online posting announcing the new office. He spent more than two decades at Intel before joining Microsoft.
The Portland Business Journal reported last month that Microsoft had leased more than 80,000 square feet in Hillsboro’ Ambercreek building. That could potentially accommodate a few hundred workers, fewer if Microsoft devotes a significant share of its building to lab space.
“We’re continuing to invest in every part of our technology—including but not limited to areas like design, validation, and tools,” Bilgin wrote. Microsoft is primarily a software and technology services company but has shown growing interest in computer hardware, which is Oregon’s specialty.
Apple opened its own Oregon hardware engineering lab in 2018, also drawing from Intel to staff the facility, but has said nothing about that operation.
Intel’s chip business is under growing pressure because of successive