AMD opens second Bangalore-based facility

AMD has outgrown its Indian R&D centre, and has opened a second facility for its team of chip engineers based in Bangalore.

The original Indian centre was opened just three years ago.

AMD’s India Engineering Center opened in 2004 with an initial team of 40 engineers. The 38,000-square-foot building was built at a cost of US$5 million and was designed to expand to accommodate up to 120 engineers. But the rapid growth of AMD’s operations in India have seen the company outgrow the building.

The opening of the second R&D center in Bangalore was announced Thursday, with CEO Hector Ruiz on hand for the occasion. Among the AMD chip designers that will move into the new 52,000-square-foot facility are engineers working on Shanghai, a 45-nanometer quad-core server processor set for release during the middle of next year. The same team of engineers also worked on AMD’s Quad-Core Opteron, formerly called Barcelona, the company said.

While AMD’s engineers will move out of the old R&D building, it will remain in use. The facility is set to house AMD’s sales, marketing and administration staff in Bangalore, the company said.

The new R&D center has “a host of modern amenities” for workers, AMD said, although it didn’t say what they were. The company did not say how much the new building cost.

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