It looks like Apple’s acquisition of Anobit was only one part of its Israel-based plans — business daily Calcalist is claiming that the company will open a research center there by the end of February. It’s unrelated to the purchase of the flash-chip maker, since Ed Frank was apparently despatched to scope out suitable bases for a new facility in early 2011. It’s reportedly going to be based in the Matam Technology District, south of Haifa, adjacent to similar facilities operated by Microsoft, Intel and Philips. It’s already received hundreds of resumes for engineers: it’s looking for those with specific know-how in chip development, hardware testing and verification. The new complex is to be kept separate from Anobit, with no communication allowed between the two teams. Another tidbit that emerged from yesterday’s conference call was that Bob Mansfield is integrating Anobit’s team into Apple’s, but company founder Ehud Weinstein will depart for pastures new — much in the same way that some of Intrinsity and PA Semi‘s staff departed after being swallowed by Cupertino’s cash.