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Freescale's new India center to focus on software R&D

Posted: 22 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale Semiconductor? India operation? new facility? software development? expansion?

Freescale Semiconductor India Pvt. Ltd recently expanded its presence in India with a new 100,000-square-foot facility in Bangalore. This new facilityFreescale's India Software Center, will support Freescale's research and development in software for wireless technologies.

Ganesh Guruswamy, Freescale India's country manager and director, shared with EE Times India the strategic reasons that are guiding the expansion. "Freescale's India Software Center in Bangalore is envisioned to become one of the largest software centers for Freescale outside the United States. The center is involved in software development for cellular platforms, strengthening Freescale's leadership in next-generation mobile platform solutions and technologies, a strategic growth area for Freescale. Moreover, India is the fastest growing wireless market in the world today," he observed.

The Bangalore software center is fully operational, and houses 230 engineers at present. This center develops embedded platform software solutions designed for cellular protocols, multimedia, security and connectivity, and support for multiple operating systems, including Symbian, Linux and WinCE.

Freescale India plans to increase the number of engineers to strengthen its India operations further. "We plan to hire around 1,500 engineers over the next four years, both in the Noida and Bangalore centers," Guruswamy shared.

Guruswamy, however, acknowledges that Freescale India would have to contend with the challenge of availability of quality engineering talent in India. "There is a shortage of engineers possessing the right talent, as global companies move design jobs to India and Indian design services firms expand."

The company is addressing this issue through a series of measures at a macro level. As an active member of the India Semiconductor Association (ISA), Freescale is supporting the ISA-VTU collaboration, a partnership with Visvesvaraya Technological University that focuses on talent generation in the industry. It is also exploring partnerships with premier science and engineering institutions that focus on VLSI/embedded and semiconductor design, to help students adapt their skills to industry requirements, and enable faculty to train students on the latest technologies.

"Our university program is designed to assist computer science, electronics and electrical engineering students worldwide by building their experience with Freescale products, architectures and training materials. This program entitles educators and students access to the latest information about Freescale technologies, and discounts on products, training and support," Guruswamy explained.

- Krishnan Sivaramakrishnan
??EE Times India

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