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NXP opens Singapore R&D center

Posted: 08 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:R&D facility? mixed-signal design? process technology?

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has opened a research and development center in Singapore. According to the company the new R&D facility will initially focus on select research areas including advanced applications, mixed-signal design and process technology. The long-term plan for the center is to explore opportunities of extending the scope of research areas to eventually become an NXP-wide R&D center.

Some projects in the line for NXP's R&D facility include collaborating with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to develop Car-to-X detection in order to increase safe driving, and collaborating with research institutes and universities to develop smart environment sensors for buildings to improve comfort control and enhance energy and cost savings.

"As Singapore is an important regional hub, and the headquarters for our APAC operations, it was a strategic decision for us to extend our geographical R&D base here," said Hans Rijns, senior vice president and manager, NXP Research. "We plan to recruit the finest R&D talent in Singapore and are excited to closely collaborate with the leading local research and tertiary institutions to significantly accelerate specific research topics that will benefit the local and regional markets in the future," Rijns added.

NXP plans to invest more than $15.90 million (S$20 million) in the R&D facility and aims to have a headcount of up to 50 employees.

"We are pleased that NXP, one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, will establish in Singapore another corporate research center outside Europe. This significant addition to our semiconductor ecosystem will create good job opportunities for those looking to push the frontiers of technology," Yeoh Keat Chuan, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

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