This has to be great news for the folks in Ireland, because the guys and gals at Xilinx
have announced their intention to invest $50 million in an expansion of their electronics engineering operations at their EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork.
They say they are planning to recruit 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for their regional headquarters in Dublin and for their engineering center in Cork. In addition, a further 15 staff will be hired across a broad range of disciplines supporting the continued growth of Xilinx in Ireland.
Xilinx currently employs over 250 at its EMEA headquarters where it operates a research, development, engineering, and IT center in Dublin along with centralized supply, finance, legal and HR functions. This development was formally announced in Dublin by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., and by Kevin Cooney, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe. The new investment is supported by Irish government through IDA Ireland.
Minister Richard Bruton said: “Central to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is deepening and developing the impact of foreign direct investment here. We must not only seek to attract more investment and jobs from top multinational companies; we must also strive to ensure that more of them are carrying out strategic, high-value activities here based on research and development. Today’s announcement that Xilinx, a leading global semiconductor company, is making a further multimillion euro investment in Ireland with the creation of high-value engineering jobs is very welcome, and is a testament to the staff already here as well to Ireland’s international offering. We in Government are determined to build on announcements like this through the Action Plan for Jobs, and create the jobs we need.”
The new investment and immediate recruitment will support the company’s high level development work for advanced technologies and products where the Irish arm already works in tandem with Xilinx’s Programmable Platforms Group (PPG) at corporate headquarters in the United States. PPG is a global organization responsible for development and delivery of the company’s industry-leading ‘All Programmable’ product portfolio, including 7 series FPGAs, Zynq-7000 SoCs, Virtex-7 3D ICs and Vivado Design Suite.
Kevin Cooney, Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe said: “We’re very pleased with this investment, which endorses the quality of advanced engineering and product development work being undertaken by Xilinx Ireland where everyone is an important contributor to the global success of the corporation. This expansion will provide a range of valuable career development opportunities for experienced engineers, as we continue to fulfil our strategic development responsibilities in Ireland. At the same time, it’s symbolic of our steadfast commitment to pioneering ‘all programmable’ technology innovation – far beyond our programmable logic roots – aimed at increasing customer value and expanding our reach to a broad base of design engineers and system architects.”
Welcoming the announcement, IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary said: “This strategic and multimillion R&D investment from Xilinx strengthens Ireland’s position as a leading location for cutting edge research in the technology space. This highly significant investment from a global leading ICT company is a further endorsement of Ireland’s continuing success in attracting FDI. I would like to offer Kevin Cooney, Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe and the team in Ireland my sincere congratulations for securing this mandate and to offer IDA’s continued support.”
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