updated 08:25 pm EDT, Fri April 4, 2014
Firm had recently revealed its role as an Apple supplier
Former Apple Vice President of Hardware Engineering and Technology David J. Tupman has joined the board of directors at Pixelworks, a video and pixel-processing hardware and software company. Roughly a month ago, the firm revealed that Apple had accounted for 10 percent of its business in 2013.
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome David Tupman to Pixelworks' board of directors," said President and CEO of Pixelworks Bruce Walicek in a statement. "David's extensive experience in management and advisory roles at leading consumer electronics and industrial companies will add immeasurable value to the Board." Tupman worked with Apple from 2001 to 2011, moving from manager to vice president of hardware and leading the teams that designed the iPod and iPhone.
What exactly Apple bought from Pixelworks is not presently known, though much of the company's technology would be compatible with Apple's Retina display technology, and Pixelworks itself has a focus on higher-quality mobile device displays.
Other clients of Pixelworks include Hitachi and NEC, and the company has also been associated in the past with Panasonic and Seiko Epson, reports AppleInsider. The appointment of Tupman could signal an ongoing relationship between Apple and Pixelworks, though no specific deals or agreements have been announced.