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LSI Logic to boost design center investment in India

Posted: 04 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LSI Logic? India? design center? software? K.C. Krishnadas?

LSI Logic disclosed that it will invest hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade in design centers in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

The company's two centers in the country currently employ about 300 engineers. LSI said it plans to ramp up hiring and may also establish a third Indian center.

LSI began operations in India two years ago and outsources design work to a half-dozen Indian companies. "We will grow both our captive centers and our outsourcing here as we continue to build on our global engineering capabilities," said Philip Brace, LSI's senior vice president, corporate planning and marketing.

Two chip designs have been taped out at the Indian centers over the past two years, Brace said, adding that they are LSI's largest outside the United States.

The company has launched a 65nm ASIC project and has implemented 15-million-gate 90nm ASICs. "Software for a next-generation DVD-R for a top tier customer is now being done here," said Rajiv Kapur, managing director of LSI Logic India. "India is involved in all our major product groups."

All of LSI Logic's VLSI CAD software "has been developed using components from the Indian centers, while the company's global ASIC development uses libraries developed here for all technologies," Kapur added.

Most of LSI's Indian staff is based in the country, with about 50 working out of the Kolkata center on storage software development. Both centers will be expanded, but LSI said timely of launching the third center remains unknown.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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