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Qualcomm establishes APAC test center in Singapore

Posted: 04 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:APAC test center? Singapore market? design verification?

Qualcomm Inc. has opened of its Asia Pacific Test Center of Excellence in Singapore, its first test development center outside of the United States.

By having test centers in two opposite time zonesSan Diego and SingaporeQualcomm will create an around-the-clock engineering support system that will significantly shorten the evaluation cycles for its new digital and RF wireless technologies, thereby hastening their time to market.

Qualcomm's Asia Pacific Test Center will carry out design verification and failure analysis for Qualcomm's new products and technologies designed in its design centers in India, China, Taiwan, Korea and San Diego. The center will also engage in independent development of new technologies and products, in addition to pre-production sampling of early product introductions.

"The opening of the test center expands Qualcomm's existing operations in Singapore. The region will serve as a development hub for Qualcomm's innovative technologies that will enable new categories of converged mobile devices," said Jim Clifford, senior VP and general manager of Qualcomm CDMA technologies. "We are confident that the Center will play a significant role in our development of next-generation products."

"We are pleased that Qualcomm, the world's largest fabless semiconductor company, has chosen Singapore as its first overseas test development location. Its presence creates strong synergies with Singapore's vibrant semiconductor ecosystem to develop new technologies, capabilities and products," said Manohar Khiatani, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

Qualcomm's regional suppliers stand to benefit from the shortened evaluation cycles and business opportunities generated by new products in the pipeline. Qualcomm's major suppliers in the region include Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Inscope Labs Pte Ltd, Semicaps Pte Ltd, StatsChipPac Ltd, Tessolve and Verigy.

"Chartered is very pleased that Qualcomm has chosen to open its Asia Pacific Test Center of Excellence in Singapore," said Chia Song Hwee, president and CEO of Chartered. "As a key supplier to Qualcomm based in Singapore, we see tremendous benefit and synergy in having the test center here, including shorter evaluation cycles, quicker time to market and closer engineering collaboration. We look forward to furthering our relationship with Qualcomm."

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