Debating India

AMD sets up Bangalore centre

Satyaprakash SINGH

Thursday 22 April 2004, by SINGH*Satyaprakash

BANGALORE : Better late than never. Following the footsteps of its arch rival Intel, AMD, world’s second largest computer chip maker, on Thursday announced the setting up of its India engineering centre in Bangalore.

Set up with an initial investment of $5 million, the centre would employ around 40 professionals in first year of operations, which would grow to 120 people by 2005.

The unit will design and build future generations of AMD microprocessors from here.

AMD India president and corporate vice president, IT, Global Supply Management, Ajay Marathe said, "Engineers at the design centre will work closely with AMD’s engineering teams in the US and will help define future microprocessor designs focused on meeting the evolving user needs in India and other high-growth markets."

Marathe said AMD plans to leverage the talent here, to enhance its 64-bit microprocessor offerings and bring advanced technologies to a large number of customers across the world.

US-based AMD designs and produces microprocessors, flash memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer, communications and consumer electronics industries.

AMD restructures Indian operations: In line with its expansion in India , AMD has restructured its Indian operations. As per the new structure, Ajay Marathe, VP (IT and global supply management) of AMD has been re-designated as president of AMD India. Marathe, who is currently based in the US, would be relocated to India.

As AMD India head, he would supervise two business units of the chip maker including the India engineering centre and AMD sales, marketing and support unit.

See online : The Times of India


in The Times of India, Thursday, April 22, 2004.

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