Lucent sets up Sydney wireless R&D centre

Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies, yesterday announced it is establishing a wireless research laboratory in Sydney.

Located in North Ryde, the lab represents a five-year $25 million R&D investment for Lucent and is part of a global wireless research initiative.

The team will be made up of local and worldwide research specialists and will focus on the design of high-performance, low-power semiconductor chips for 3G mobile phone systems, officials said.

Bell Labs' Chris Nicol will head up the division.

"Our Australia Wireless Research team will allow us to work more closely with our customers. Operating like an 'ideas factory', the research findings will be used to develop future products for customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region," said Phil Pryke, managing director, Lucent Technologies Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to the research team, a wireless development team will also be established.

According to Pryke, this team will focus on developing products for Lucent's customers, such as 3G chips.

Lucent's other wireless research teams exist in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, and the US.

Pryke said the research group will also form relationships with universities across Australia with a view to provide training, lecturing support research facilities, supervision and funding to students.

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