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`India emerging silicon design base'

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Mr Tom Engibous


ENGINEERS at Texas Instruments India (TI) will continue to contribute significantly in developing silicon and embedded software for end-user equipments and help the parent in its latest endeavour to develop a single chip GSM phone, said Mr Tom Engibous, Chairman, CEO and President of Texas Instruments.

"India is emerging as a silicon design powerhouse. That is why we are confident in our decision to build R&D expertise here,'' Mr Engibous said addressing a press conference. "Silicon engineers here are building on the country's strength in embedded software - and the combination of silicon and software makes a very potent combination that India can leverage," he added.

The semiconductor markets were at their worst in the last 20 months and TI has taken an aggressive stance during the downturn and is investing heavily in the R&D, even while cutting down its other costs. "We have essentially doubled the headcount in India during the downturn," Mr Engibous said and acknowledged the support received from the Government and non-government agencies.

More than 400 partner engineers in about 30 different companies are working closely with TI's India-based 1,000-odd engineers to develop complex silicon designs and embedded software products.

The company today unveiled a series of extended partnerships with local companies that will strengthen its position in offering real-time signal processing technologies.

The partnerships include four recently opened off-campus development centres, a network of thousand third-party developers and two OMAP technology centres with Wipro and Sasken.

Two-thirds of the 1,000-odd engineers at TI India are working on Integrated Circuit (IC) design and "we will continue to grow our IC design business here," Mr Engibous said.

On the future of the electronics markets, he said, "Real-time processing is essential for the emerging world of portable and connected digital devices. The electronics marketplace will have two main growth drivers for at least the next decade; the mobile Internet and broadband to and through the home. In both areas, I believe India will be a major global contributor for the development of silicon and embedded software that goes into these types of end equipments.''

The TI India Managing Director, Mr Biswadip Mitra, said, ``through our co-operation with several Indian companies, TI is leading the creation of a significant ecosystem of companies in India. This is an area where India is increasingly playing a key role and one that should be leveraged as a rapidly emerging opportunity for the country.''

TI India, which has more than 200 patents, is developing a wide range of products, including complex system-on-a-chip silicon designs as well as high performance analogy integrated circuits.

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