BANGALORE, India Agere Systems has opened a second development site here as part of its expansion, joining an existing site set up in 1998 when the company was part of the Lucent microelectronics group.
With a staff of 250, the Bangalore center is Agere's largest outside the U.S. and will nearly double in strength over the next three years.
The center has an equal number of software and hardware engineers, and performs design verification for mobile terminal chips in its post-silicon validation lab, according to Madhusudan V. Atre, managing director, Agere Systems India Pvt. Ltd. The Indian center does work for all the five business units of Agere--mobility, telecoms, storage, enterprise and networking and Ethernet, he added.
About $25 million has been invested here so far.
"Our Bangalore team is increasingly shouldering comprehensive strategic chip design, development and support responsibilities, which necessitated this expansion," said Jonathan Fields, vice president, design platform technology, Agere Systems Inc., (Allentown, Pa.).
In software, the center does everything from tool development to reference designs for DSPs, while on the hardware side it takes up RTL design to physical design. About a dozen patents from Bangalore have been registered for filing and a similar number is up for review, Fields said.
Consolidating SoC verification is among the goals for this year, Fields said, adding Agere may look at university tie-ups later.