IBM sets up $US30million design centre in Singapore

IBM has announced it will spend around $US30 million over the next five years to set up and run a microchip design centre in Singapore.

The centre will help customers develop specialised "system-on-a-chip" devices in which several components are integrated on a single piece of silicon, offering higher performance at lower cost, IBM said.

The IBM Microelectronics Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Design Centre will be one of four in Asia and one of 16 around the world.

The design centre, which was officially opened on Monday, will focus on designing semiconductor chips for several industry sectors including servers and storage systems; fixed and wireless telecommunications; interconnection products and pervasive computing, where a range of home appliances and other devices equipped with embedded chips are remotely controlled over a network.

IBM will also be bringing a few of its key new technologies, namely copper chips, silicon-on-insulator and silicon germanium to the Singapore centre, the company said.

The Singapore design centre will oversee two similar centres to be set up in India and Taiwan, IBM said.

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