Philips opens new campus in India, to hire 900 pros

By agencies   |   Friday, 30 September 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Dutch consumer and medical electronics giant, Royal Philips Electronics will carry out more research and development work in India. It will also hire about 900 professionals by 2007 end.

Inaugurating the new campus-Philips Innovation Campus Frans van Houten, CEO, Philips Semiconductors said , “Philips Innovation Campus (PIC) is elementary to Philips technology strategy and will become its global competence center to fuel growth and create value in the business areas of Healthcare, Lifestyle & Technology,”

Specifically referring to the activities of Semiconductors R&D team in PIC, van Houten said, “We are working on cutting-edge 65nm SoC designs and libraries, IP modules and are investing heavily in our Nexperia Home and Mobile platforms using the skills of the India design team. Additionally, a large number of global design-ins for our DTV and advanced cell phone programs are being supported from here.”

At present PIC had a headcount of 1,628 professionals, and van Houten said the plan is to take it up to 2,500 by December 2007.

Speaking on the occasion, Bob Hoekstra, CEO, PIC, said: “Philips conducted a survey on expectations of the future workplace. The new Campus is designed around its employees, facilitating an easy to experience work environment with advanced features. This flows from the three brand pillars of Philips – Designed Around You, Easy to Experience, and Advanced. It is designed to offer a dynamic innovation environment.”

PIC, set up in September 1996, develops embedded and application software for Philips products, design flows, chip IP and libraries and system design among others in the fields including consumer electronics, semiconductors and applied technologies.

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