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SanDisk opens design center in Bangalore

Posted: 10 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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SanDisk announced the opening of its India Device Design Center in Bangalore, India, on Tuesday (Feb.7). With consumer demand for mobile phones and MP3 audio players booming, India is expected to become a major market for SanDisk products.

"India is a logical place for us to expand our global network of research and development centers because of the great talent pool here and because of our existing relationships with companies that support us in hardware, firmware and software testing," said Sanjay Mehrotra, SanDisk's co-founder and COO, in a statement from the new site.

At first, the center will concentrate on projects involving NAND memory, USB drives and MP3 players. Development work on ASIC controllers will come later.

The company already has engineers assigned to several projects at two SanDisk technology partners in India: Wipro and RelQ. Wipro, considered the world's largest third-party R&D services provider, offers design engineering, product life cycle management and product realization. RelQ is an independent software testing and validation company. Both have major operations in Bangalore. In total, SanDisk employs about 60 engineers in the three facilities.

Besides its R&D in Sunnyvale, Calif., SanDisk has research facilities in Israel, Japan and Scotland. The company also has teams of process/device/design engineers at semiconductor fabrication plants co-operated with Toshiba in Japan.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
EE Times

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