BANGALORE, India LSI Logic will invest hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade in design centers here, in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.
The two centers currently employ about 300 engineers. LSI (Milpitas, Calif.) said it plans to ramp up hiring and may also establish a third Indian center.
LSI began operations in India two years ago, and it outsources design work to a half-dozen Indian companies. "We will grow both our captive centers and our outsourcing here as we continue to build on our global engineering capabilities," said Philip Brace, LSI's senior vice president, corporate planning and marketing.
Two chip designs have been taped out at the Indian centers over the past two years, Brace said, adding that they are LSI's largest outside the U.S.
LSI has launched a 65-nm ASIC project and has implemented 15-million-gate 90-nm ASICs. "Software for a next-generation DVD-R for a top tier customer is now being done here," said Rajiv Kapur, managing director of LSI Logic India. "India is involved in all our major product groups."
All of LSI Logic's VLSI CAD software "has been developed using components from the Indian centers, while the company's global ASIC development uses libraries developed here for all technologies," Kapur added.
Most of LSI's Indian staff is based here, with about 50 working out of the Kolkata center on storage software development. Both centers will be expanded, but LSI said the timely for launching a third Indian center remains unknown.