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NXP to pour $300M into India

Posted: 07 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NXP Semiconductors India? NXP? Philips Electronics?

Around $324 million will be invested by NXP Semiconductors India to set up an R&D facility and sales team in the sub-continent. NXP Semiconductors India is part of NXP, the company formerly known as Philips Semiconductors which was renamed after being bought last month by a consortium of private equity investment companies.

Of the proposed investment, about $6.3 million is set to be spent on building the R&D facility in Bangalore this year, and the remainder, about $318 million, is scheduled to be invested over the next five years to ramp up its India operations.

"The R&D operations will work on state-of-the-art chip design, and embedded software and systems. About 650 high-end engineers of Philips Semiconductor division will shift to the new entity from October," NXP Semiconductor India managing director Rajeev Mehtani told reporters Monday (Sept. 4).

NXP India is set to focus on automotive, identification for e-passports, RFID for electronic ticketing in public transport, car radio digital signal processors and key mobile phone system chips. The R&D facility will also work on multiple projects for home, mobile and personal, multi-market semiconductors and software businesses, including independent software vendors.

"We will extend our software partnerships to 20 vendors from the present five partners to work on projects related to our Nexperia home and mobile platforms," Mehtani said.

With a thrust on leading-edge manufacturing technologies, the R&D center in India is being set up to work on 90nm and 65nm processes in chip design and embedded software and systems. There are plans to hire between 150 and 200 engineers every year to ramp up its headcount by between 750 and 1,000 employees over the next five years.

- Gulab Chand
EE Times India

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