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SiNett sets up IC design center in Bangalore

Posted: 08 Dec 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The march of semiconductor companies setting up design centers in Bangalore - better known as India's Silicon Valley - continues unabated. The latest is Sunnyvale, California-based SiNett Corp. has set up an IC design center here that will develop chips and associated software for enterprise wireless networks. SiNett plans to increase staffing to over 50 engineers during the next year.

"Chip designs today, employing over 100 million transistors, are very complex in nature," said Shiri Kadambi, SiNett's president and chief executive officer. "With the increasing market pressures and fast paced technological evolution, these chips must be designed in the shortest possible time. The task of developing embedded software required to run these complex chips is equally challenging. This is achievable only by a talented team of engineers with strong educational background and deep domain knowledge. Bangalore is uniquely qualified to provide chip design engineers, software programmers and engineering managers the opportunity to accelerate our development and time to market," added Kadambi.

Besides Kadambi, SiNett's founders include chief technology officer Shekhar Ambe and vice-president of marketing and operations Shrikant Sathe. All three are of Indian origin. Kadambi was previously co-founder of Maverick Networks, acquired by Broadcom Corp. in 1999. Maverick had developed chips for the enterprise networking market.

Initial investment in the center is pegged at $2 million. Operations will be exclusively focused on research and development focusing on chip design, software development, testing and validation and implementation of reference platforms. Later, the charter will grow to include regional sales, marketing and customer support, Kadambi said.

The ICs being developed in the center here are meant for use in a variety of enterprise networking systems and these are to be the brain of next-generation enterprise networking equipment that will support wireless access to corporate resources. SiNett's operations in the U.S. will focus on chip engineering and business management.

Almost all major global semiconductor companies have set up design centers in Bangalore, the most recent being Juniper Networks. Most others, such as Intel Corp., Analog Devices and Texas Instruments already have centers here employing hundreds of engineers working on developing next-generation processors.

They and companies such as SiNett are being helped by an increasingly common phenomenon of expatriate Indian engineers returning home for various reasons but primarily because of the business slump in the U.S., especially in the technology sector.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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