AsMMi reportedTuesday, the latest data from research firm Gartner indicates that Apple spent approximately $17 billion on semiconductors in 2011, effectively becoming the top chip customer in all of technology. Prior to the report, however, rumors had persisted for months that Apple’s unrelenting need for semiconductors had prompted the company to lay the groundwork for its own semiconductor development center in Israel. According to the latest reports out of the Middle East, Apple is now  [Read More…]