BANGALORE, India Xilinx Inc., which has an engineering team at CMC Ltd. at Hyderabad, plans to shift the staff to an independent Indian R&D subsidiary in 2006.
Xilinx (San Jose, Calif.) said it is also evaluating Indian design houses with an eye toward equity investments from its $100 million ecosystem fund. The programmable logic developer said investments could include companies not working directly in software, IP tool development or boards but focused on programmable logic development.
The exact timing for launching the research subsidiary has not been decided, but it will be located in Hyderabad, said Sandeep Vij, vice president of worldwide marketing at Xilinx.
CMC began providing R&D for Xilinx in early 2004, and so far 18 IP cores have emerged, including one for the company’s automotive business segment. Other work here includes development in embedded processing, high-speed I/O, design system validation and automotive applications.
"Design houses in India are a big focus for the company, especially since design and development efforts are rising," Vij said.
Xilinx is also working with unnamed leading Indian design firms. It expects to expand into FPGA development over the next several years.
Xilinx staged a workshop event here on Tuesday (Dec. 6), and has been working hard to spread its technology across India, donating software and holding workshops for professors of engineering institutes, said Neeraj Varma, country manager fir Xilinx India.
Xilinx plans as many as seven workshops across India. Market segments here include aerospace and military, communications and consumer electronics segments, Varma added.