LONDON Design house and fabless chip company Future Technology Devices International Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) has opened an R&D center in Singapore.
The FTDI Singapore R&D Centre is led by Antonio Alvarez, formerly general manager and senior director at NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) where he was responsible for NXPís USB and UWB development.
Prior to joining FTDI, Antonio spent over four years as the product line USB/UWB general manager in NXP Singapore. He took charge of the complete value chain of USB devices from standardization to industrialization, for the entire North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.
Antonio spent three years as the site director of Philips Semiconductors in Bangalore, India, where he was responsible for the business development. He also previously held various senior positions in STMicroelectronics.
"When looking for a location for our second R&D center, our primary requirements were access to a wide pool of engineering talent. Singapore was an ideal choice for FTDI with its central location in the Asia Pacific region, excellent working and living environment and flexible immigration policies for talented individuals," said Fred Dart, FTDIís founder and managing director, in a statement.
"I'm delighted to announce that our Singapore branch is now operational and recruiting personnel and that we have such a distinguished office head as Dr. Alvarez who brings with him his talents in management, engineering and team building skills."
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