(Reuters) — Three of Apple’s former top semiconductor executives in charge of have founded a startup to design processors for datacenters, aiming to take on current industry leaders and .

Nuvia was founded by , Manu Gulati, and John Bruno in early 2019 and is developing a processor code-named Phoenix. The company on Friday said it raised $53 million from Dell Technologies Capital and several Silicon Valley firms, which will help it expand from 60 employees to about 100 by the end of this year.

The company’s founders, backers, and plans have not been previously reported.

Williams left Apple this spring after more than nine years as chief architect for all . Gulati spent eight years at Apple working on mobile systems-on-a-chip, and Bruno spent

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