AMD to open India R&D centre next week

AMD to open India R&D centre next week

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will begin moving staff into its new research and development centre in the Indian city of Bangalore next week, according to the centre's general manager.

The US chipmaker announced plans earlier this year for the centre, which is slated to become AMD's fourth microprocessor R&D centre worldwide and the first outside of the US. It will occupy 3500sqm in Bangalore's central business district and AMD's total investment in the centre will total $US5 million over three years, AMD said in April.

"The facility is just about complete and we will begin moving in next week," said Gopal Krishna, general manager of AMD India Engineering Centre.

The centre's initial staff of about 15 people would be complemented by a team of between 30 and 40 engineers by the end of the year, he said.

"We are in the recruiting phase now," Krishna said.

Once the engineers had been recruited, most of the rest of this year would be spent on training, he said.

"It is quite challenging at the moment [to find engineers} because our skill set is not something that is very prevalent," Krishna said. "That's why the training is involved. There's a lot of VLSI [very large scale integration] knowledge in Bangalore but we need to train them to our methods and things that are unique to our design."

According to Krishna, AMD aims to begin product design work during the first quarter of next year.

The centre would be working alongside AMD's existing microprocessor design teams in three locations in the US: Austin, Texas; Sunnyvale, California and Boston, he said.

Each team will work independently, though the design for different generations of processors will be handled by all four teams rather than have each team work on a different processor.

The Bangalore R&D centre should reach parity with the other three centres and become a full part of the R&D network by the middle of 2006, Krishna said.

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