AMD expands its presence in China

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 22 2006 @ 16:56 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD today officially opened the Shanghai Research and Development Center (SRDC), a multi-million dollar research and development facility driving next-generation AMD processor-powered platform innovation through increased technology partner and customer collaboration. Initially, the SRDC’s engineering staff will focus on the development of AMD’s next-generation mobile platforms, but will also provide an important role in the validation and testing of AMD’s broad range of current and future microprocessors.

“This opening, which is the largest single expansion of system design and customer support resources in AMD’s history, represents both our deep commitment to China and to moving more of our center of gravity closer to customers and technology end-users,” said Dirk Meyer, president and chief operating officer of AMD. “The SRDC will dramatically improve our ability to help our customers create highly advanced, next-generation platform designs and help accelerate time to market.”

“Shanghai is fast becoming one of the world’s top centers for computer system design excellence and we are pleased to see industry leaders like AMD increasing their investment in the region,” said Hu Wei, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress. “With the tremendous technology infrastructure and talent in Shanghai to draw from, we look forward to seeing the research and development innovation that comes out of the SRDC.”

Located in the state-of-the-art Zhang Jiang technology complex, AMD plans to employ hundreds of staff at the newly constructed facility, making it AMD’s largest system design hub outside of the U.S. Shanghai has become one of the worldwide centers for PC system design excellence which made it the perfect choice for AMD’s latest center for platform innovation. The opening of SRDC will benefit key AMD Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) customers in the region including such as Lenovo, Tongfang, Flocity, HP, IBM, Sun, Acer, Asus, BenQ, Fujitsu and many others. With strong local government support, exceptional people and close proximity to customers and ecosystem partners, SRDC will help drive continued system-level innovation for AMD customers worldwide.

“As one of the fastest growing IT markets in the world, China plays a key role in the long-term growth and success of AMD,” said Karen Guo, corporate vice president and president of AMD Greater China. “The opening of SRDC further expands our footprint in the region while enhancing our ability to serve customers and partners in China and around the world.”

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