One of the world’s largest semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics, has unveiled a new design and development facility in Greater Noida, India. The company intends to employ 300 new engineers by the end of 2006 and plans to invest $30 million in local operations over the next two years.
The new facility, which was inaugurated by Brijesh Kumar, IT Secretary, Ministry of Information and Technology, is set on a 100,000 square meter area and with a capacity for 5000 employees. The campus is ST’s largest design center outside Europe and one of its largest R&D facilities worldwide.
Carlo Bozotti, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics, said, “The new facility truly underlines the growing importance of ST’s India operations within our global R&D efforts. These efforts represent the essence of the company’s continued growth. ST India has contributed significantly to the development of leading-edge technologies and products for a number of our key applications, including set-top box, multimedia, imaging, wireless telecommunications, and automotive.”
Designers in India have participated in the development of ST’s Nomadik platform, a mobile application architecture; as well as helped design ST’s set-top box chips and low-power CMOS camera modules. ST engineers in India also contributed to the development of the first design platform on the 90 nm deep-submicron CMOS technology, and their research and development activities have been recognized with almost 40 patents worldwide.
Apart form the new design center unit, the facilities at the Greater Noida site offer additional workplace for 370 service staff and a large cafeteria with 750 seats. The buildings are designed to maximize energy and water conservation, using light and tap sensors, rain water harvesting and sewage treatment plants.
STMicroelectronics India, which was formed in the late 1980s, has evolved into one of the largest semiconductor research and design operations in the country, currently employing 1500 people. In the past the company has proved successful in attracting talented engineers, leveraging its strong relationships with leading Indian universities and research institutes. ST also cooperates with the local government authorities in India to bridge the “Digital Divide” by offering computer literacy courses and technology access.