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FTDI taps Asian talents with new R&D center in Singapore

Posted: 07 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Singapore R&D center? Asia engineer talent? USB?

Future Technology Devices International Ltd (FTDI) has opened a new R&D center in Singapore, which will enhance its current U.K.-based operations by providing access to the wide pool of engineering talent available in the Asia-Pacific region.

Heading up the FTDI Singapore R&D center is Antonio Alvarez, former general manager and senior director at NXP Semiconductors where he was responsible for global USB and UWB development. Alvarez specializes in process orientation approach, business creation process and management, program management, project execution, the creation and utilization of "best practices," financial methods for the running of business in industry.

"When looking for a location for our second R&D center, our primary requirements were access to a wide pool of engineering talent. Singapore was an ideal choice for FTDI with its central location in the Asia Pacific Region, excellent working and living environment and flexible immigration policies for talented individuals," said Fred Dart, FTDI founder and managing director. I'm delighted to announce that our Singapore branch is now operational and recruiting personnel and that we have such a distinguished office head as Dr. Alvarez who brings with him his talents in management, engineering and team building skills. I'm sure our new R&D center will be a great asset to the company."

Alvarez commented, "FTDI is a well known and respected brand name in the USB interface field and I'm excited by the opportunity of leading their new R&D development center here in Singapore."

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