Dell lays off portion of US product development group

Dell lays off portion of US product development group

Dell Computer has recently laid off 20 to 30 people in a product development group in program management, engineering and software testing roles in a bid for increased efficiency, a company spokesman said.

The layoffs came as a result of consolidation within the company's Texas facilities, the spokesman said.

About 140 people have recently left Dell due to performance reviews and other routine turnover. The company employs about 39,100 workers worldwide.

Round Rock, Texas-based company laid off several thousand workers in 2001.

Dell declined to comment on reports that its Taiwan Design Center had plans to hire about the same number of employees.

Taiwanese companies have been hoping to land more design work from large vendors, rather than serving as the manufacturing hubs for those companies. HP recently moved some design work from China and Singapore to Taiwan.

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