AMD outgrows R&D facility in India

AMD opened a new R&D center in Bangalore, having outgrown the last one in three years.

AMD has opened a second R&D center for its team of chip engineers based in Bangalore, India, having outgrown the first one in just three years.

AMD's India Engineering Center opened in 2004 and was intended to house a team of 40 engineers, with room for future expansion. The 38,000-square-foot building was built at a cost of US$5 million and was designed to accommodate up to 120 engineers. But the rapid growth of AMD's operations in India have seen the company outgrow the building.

The opening of the second R&D center in Bangalore was announced Thursday, with CEO Hector Ruiz on hand for the occasion. Among the AMD chip designers that will move into the new 52,000-square-foot facility are engineers working on Shanghai, a 45-nanometer quad-core server processor set for release during the middle of next year. The same team of engineers also worked on AMD's Quad-Core Opteron, formerly called Barcelona, the company said.

While AMD's engineers will move out of the old R&D building, it will remain in use. The facility is set to house AMD's sales, marketing and administration staff based in Bangalore, the company said.

The new R&D center has "a host of modern amenities to improve the overall work experience," but did not disclose what those amenities are, AMD said in a statement. The company did not say how much the new building cost.

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