IDT mulls silicon design centre in India

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Wednesday, 24 December 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Eyeing the Indian market as a hub for chips design, US based communications circuit company Integrated Device Technology (IDT) is considering setting up a development centre in India.

"IDT recognises India in global design capability. We are considering a proposal to set up a development centre with 25-30 engineers to design silicon", said IDT vice president (Japan and A-PAC) Ravi Agarwal.

All important ingredients are in place in India like availability of cost-effective man power and skill sets which make India's manufacturing costs comparable to those in China topped off by a growing domestic market for electronics production, he said.

The company is finalising plans to have a direct presence in India next year through a sales office. At present it has two distributors for India.

The company is also mulling to design technology platforms in India through working with companies in the same field. In that case it will provde technology specifications, silion, evaluations board and application router and nodes to them and then the design could be sent to US, Europe to prospective and existing customers, he said.

"India is the second largest potential customer base globally after China offering siginificant opportunities for semi-conducters vendors like IDT supplying chips to India's growing communications electronics equipment manufacturing sector", he said.

IDT provides network search engines and content inspection engines and it recently bagged a customer in the former segment.

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