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Sun to develop products for Indian, Chinese markets

Posted: 10 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:india engineering center? mobile phone? telecom? software?

Sun Microsystems will develop products for the fast-growing Indian and Chinese markets, with plans to eventually tailor the products for the global market.

The growing affluence and use of technology in Asia make India and China big future markets that Sun executives said they can ill afford to ignore.

The plan is part of Sun's global initiative to consolidate its R&D operations in four key regions: Bangalore; Beijing; Prague, Czech Republic; and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sun's India Engineering Center (IEC), by far the largest of these four sites, will oversee collaborative development, said Steve Pelletier, Sun's senior vice president for global engineering. The IEC's staff will double to 1,600 workers over the next two to three years, he said.

"The usage of mobile phones, scalability of telecom companies and the scale of other deployments in India such as those of independent software vendors are unique in size and functionality," Pelletier said. "Our market development engineers see the unique trends that are emerging here in hardware, software and services and will use this feedback for further product development."

"Growth rates in India are among the highest in the world, so it is no surprise that this will call for specific solutions," added Vijay Anand, Sun's corporate vice president here.

The Indian center is a core site for Sun's enterprise middleware development, and parts of virtually all Sun software development are handled here, Anand said. Sun also plans collaborative research projects with top Indian technical institutes.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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