Applied intend to build new semiconductor research centre in Bangalore, India
With Micron announcing its plan to setting up assembly and test manufacturing facility in Gujarat India, another US semiconductor company Applied Materials joins the list in building new facilities in India. Applied Materials is world's top supplier of semiconductor equipment to leading foundries in the world.
Applied Materials intend to invest $400 million over four years to build a new engineering centre in Bangalore, India to develop and commercialize semiconductor manufacturing equipment technologies.
The new centre to bring in Applied' experts, research and academic institutes who work in semiconductor manufacturing and materials field, so that they can collaborate and work in sync to develop semiconductor manufacturing equipments and components for this growing market at one location.
Applied works closely with Indian semiconductor research organisations such as IIT Bombay and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. Applied is helping by supplying equipment to Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where Applied has established a Materials Development Center focused on developing next-generation chemistry and materials for the semiconductor industry. IIT Bombay is training Indian engineers in semiconductor manufacturing. Applied Materials is also collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in establishing a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Thermal Spray Coatings.
The intended new center in Bangalore to serve as a catalyst for the training and development of future semiconductor industry talent, as well as open up new opportunities for India to play an expanded role in the global chip ecosystem.
“Applied is excited to build upon our 20 years of success in India by creating a facility where the country’s top engineers, suppliers and researchers can work side-by-side to develop new innovations,” said Prabu Raja, President of the Semiconductor Products Group at Applied Materials. “We envision Applied’s strong base of engineering talent collaborating more deeply with domestic and global companies operating in India to strengthen the foundational equipment supply chain serving the global semiconductor manufacturing industry.”
Applied said "The new collaborative engineering center will strengthen Applied’s high-velocity innovation platform which includes the forthcoming EPIC Center in Silicon Valley."
On the jobs front, In its first five years of operation, the center is expected to support more than $2 billion of planned investments and create at least 500 new advanced engineering jobs along with potentially another 2,500 jobs in the manufacturing ecosystem.
News Source: Applied Materials