AMD will start moving staff into its new R&D development center in Bangalore, India. This is AMD's fourth R&D center worldwide and the first outside of the U.S. The new research and development facility covers about 3,500 square meters in Bangalore's central business district. AMD's total investment in the center will total $5 million over three years.
"The facility is just about complete and we will begin moving in next week," said Gopal Krishna, general manager of AMD India Engineering Centre Pvt. Ltd. The center's initial staff of about 15 people will be complemented by a team of between 30 and 40 engineers by the end of the year, he said.
"We are in the recruiting phase now," Krishna said. Once the engineers have been recruited, most of the rest of this year will be spent on training, he said.
"It is quite challenging at the moment (to find engineers) because our skill set is not something that is very prevalent. That's why the training is involved. There's a lot of VLSI (very large scale integration) knowledge in Bangalore but we need to train them to our methods and things that are unique to our design," Krishna said.
According to Krishna, AMD aims to begin product design work during the first quarter of next year. The center will be working alongside AMD's existing microprocessor design teams in three locations in the U.S.: Austin, Texas; Sunnyvale, California and Boston, he said. Each team will work independently, though the design for different generations of processors will be handled by all four teams rather than have each team work on a different processor.
By the middle of 2006 the center should become a full part of the R&D network, Krishna said.