CAMPBELL, Calif. -- Zilog Inc., seeking to penetrate expanding markets and develop customer solutions more quickly, said today that it has formed a software development subsidiary in India.
Zilog India Electronics Pvt. Ltd. will complement the company's existing design centers in Seattle, Austin, Campbell, and Nampa, Idaho. An initial staff of 22 engineers is being hired, and a sales staff will be added in 2000.
The wholly-owned subsidiary of Zilog is located in Bangalore, India's high-tech center in the state of Karnataka. The managing director is Srinath Ramamoorthy, a former managing director of Digital Analog Computing Services in Bangalore. He has also been affiliated with Motorola India Electronics Ltd.
The Bangalore team will develop real-time operating systems, compilers and development tools for Zilog's semiconductor solutions. "For example," Moore said, "different groups of engineers will work on server software for m@ilTV, product verification for our new Z8Plus soft core, and a C-compiler for our eZ80," the version of the venerable Z80 processor that Zilog recently reconfigured as an Internet engine.
"Zilog India adds a tremendous new dimension to our design capability, particularly in the area of communications, which is our fastest growing market," said Richard Moore, senior vice president and chief technology officer. "In a very practical sense, our new software team in India will help us move our most significant products to market faster."
The company sees India as a vast market for its own solutions. "But it's also a tremendous incubator for world-class engineers and software designers," said Moore.
In addition to designing software for Zilog products, the Bangalore subsidiary will coordinate Zilog projects and contracts with other businesses in India, and already has contract proposals with area technology companies in various stages of negotiations. Zilog is also developing design research programs with Indian universities, such as the India Institute of Technology in Chennai, which has a focused program on VLSI design.
Zilog said it plans to establish a joint development program with one or more Indian universities in 2000.