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Applied Materials to expand in India

Posted: 15 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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U.S. semiconductor manufacturing equipment vendor Applied Materials Inc. is to expand its software development activities in India and take up engineering services R&D in the country.

Speaking at a press conference on Thurday (Mar. 10) in Hyderabad, Michael Splinter, president and chief executive officer, said the company has grown its operations in the country and would continue to do so. It has grown here with partnerships with Indian firms such as Mindtek, Satyam Computer Services, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro Technologies.

Applied has a presence in Hyderabad and would consolidate its resources in Bangalore with a new center which will take up development for the 65nm and 90nm nodes.

Talk about the semiconductor industry being in a plateau is not true, with data available from semiconductor companies indicating that they are continuing to invest in leading-edge technologies, such as 90nm, Splinter said.

India's technology industry is buoyant now and it is the right time to set up semiconductor firms here, Splinter said. India has significant advantages because of its international technology community, its fab engineering capability, strong currency and intellectual property protection, he added.

Applied currently employs 700 people in India.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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