LONDON – Germany's Infineon Technologies AG plans to invest about 250 million euro (about $350 million) in Singapore over the next few years, according to local reports.
In 2011 the company plans to spend 50 million euro (about $70 million) and add 130 staff to the 250 it currently employs at a design center there, according to a Straits Times report that referenced Infineon CEO Peter Bauer, as its source.
The engineers there work on security chips for consumer electronics such as mobile phones that can stop the equipment from working unless genuine parts such as specified batteries are used, the report said.
In total Infineon employs about 2,000 people in Singapore where it has a major test facility. Infineon is looking to make Singapore its hub for chip testing in Asia, the report said.
1. QA? there are no special advantages for Singapore over Taiwan, China and HK. This is highly dependent on the procedures developed within the company, not by the geographical location. eg. Motorola semi in Tianji and HK before.
2. Design Centre? If it is true, then it is the stupidity of the German. I doubt the governance of IFX to make such decision. As design hub. you requires abudant of good Engineers, that is support from local universities for new grad, and experienced Engineers from local semi desgin houses or semi suppliers. Both Taiwan/China/even HK are in an obvious better position than Singapore. The only pt. I can think of is the taxation advantage from the government, but then with such size of investment, I guess no other govt. will give it up. Good job, IFX Singaporeans!
Singapore has developed really strong QA engineers over last 10 years. A good QA engineer has to equip with diversify technical skills. In addition, they have to love the jobs they do and appreciate it. It is not easy to find such talent. A lot of engineers see QA job as a transition to development without knowing it is a tough profession and is the ultimate gatekeeper to a good quality product. People in Singapore have grown the mentality over years. It is tough to replace. China and India are still work-in-progress.
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