LONDON Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has opened an engineering laboratory in its Tokyo office that is intended to help AMD penetrate low-power portable equipment market.
The company said Wednesday (June 23) it plans to hire 15 to 20 engineers over the next 12 to 18 months to work on thin and light notebook PCs, consumer electronics and communication devices that require low power consumption.
"Japan is recognized worldwide as a leader driving the shift toward mobile computing," said Dirk Meyer, executive vice president of AMD's computation products group.
AMD's Japan Engineering Lab is to be managed initially by Steve Polzin, a senor AMD fellow and the company's chief platform architect. Lab engineers will perform support engineering in electrical and thermal design for the Athlon 64, Alchemy and Geode processors.
"We will work closely with AMD's [lab] to develop future notebook PCs which meet our customers' needs in a timely fashion," said Hirohide Nakagawa, group general manager of information and communication systems at Sharp Corp.