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EMC to set up Singapore R&D lab

Posted: 12 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Singapore market? digital storage? advanced storage technologies?

EMC Corp. is all set to invest $160 million on a new development plant in Singapore over the next five years. The Massachusetts-based storage specialist said much of the funding will go to building its first "E-Lab" outside of its North American operations.

The 15,000ft? South Asia Development Laboratory will focus on advanced storage technologies. It will host a team of 100 engineers and include a demonstration center for customers as well as a testing facility, EMC said.

A separate lab is also planned for qualifying next-generation digital storage and information management products, EMC said.

The company previously announced plans to invest over $1 billion in Asia by 2010 to strengthen its R&D and market presence in the region. It said the Singapore lab would act as a "critical accelerator" for the local storage and disk manufacturing industry.

Singapore remains a key producer of hard disks but has been hit with layoffs in recent years as companies such as Western Digital Corp. and Seagate Technology shift manufacturing to lower-cost destinations like Malaysia and China.

- Jonathan Hopfner
EE Times

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