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EMT to increase headcount in Bangalore design center

Posted: 30 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded? SRAM? Emerging Memory Technologies? memory designs? verification test?

Memory design company Emerging Memory Technologies Inc. (EMT) disclosed its plans to increase the number of design engineers at its Bangalore center. The Bangalore center currently employs six engineers. EMT plans to increase this number to ten by October, and then around 15 within a year.

EMT's Bangalore center focuses on custom and compiled memory design in advanced semiconductor processes, RTL development, and software development and verification for test controllers.

"The Bangalore center is strategic to our business direction, and diligent efforts and investments will be made to grow the center," EMT President and CEO Sreedhar Natarajan told EE Times India. "This facility is very active in the low-power SRAM design segment, given the extensive growth in the handheld mobile devices and consumer electronics segments. The Bangalore center was responsible for working on our first 65nm eSRAMs last year," he added.

Established in 2004, Canada-based EMT specializes in the design and licensing of commodity and embedded memory technology in both bulk CMOS and silicon-on-insulator. It provides design services and intellectual property (IP) on memory technologies such as DRAM, SRAM and ROM.

According to Natarajan, the main challenges in memory design are twofoldone, lowering stand-by power consumption to maximize battery life; and two, maintaining SRAM memory performance and stability. "In the most advanced manufacturing processes, the noise margin between reads and writes has been consumed by the low supply voltages and the threshold voltage variations inherent to these very small transistors," he said.

Natarajan acknowledged that EMT is facing a challenge in recruiting engineers in Bangalore because of the strong competition for talented engineers. The company however intends to grow the Bangalore center as its main design center outside North America. "Since EMT works in state-of-the-art memory design, we open operations where a strong pool of talent is available. As an example, our U.S. center was opened after our Indian center, as customer demand and talent availability made that center possible," Natarajan said.

- Krishnan Sivaramakrishnan
EE Times India

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