IBM Launches Technology Design Center in Bangalore, India

Engineers and Software Experts to Offer Design Services on Advanced Chips, Cards, System Designs to Customers

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BANGALORE, INDIA - 20 May 2003: IBM Corporation today announced the establishment of a new center in Bangalore, India, to provide technology design services for advanced chips, cards and systems to companies in India and across Asia.

The center will coordinate and leverage regional engineering, research and technolgy design services delivery skills from several IBM locations to design a wide variety of new electronic gear for customers. These designs will range from complex chips to entire systems.

IBM, through its Engineering & Technology Services division, helps companies in a variety of industries design innovative products. With this addition in Bangalore, the organization is approaching 1,000 engineers. In addition to India, technology services design centers are located in the United States at Burlington, Vt., Endicott, N.Y., Rochester, Minn., Austin, Texas and Raleigh, N.C.; in Europe at Mainz, Germany; in Japan at Yamato.

Service offerings from this new business initiative fall into four basic categories:

"The company's design capabilities are the broadest in the industry," said Dr. Uday Shukla, Director, Technology Group Lab, India. "We have a history of high client satisfaction in technology design services, a record of success in the OEM market and industry-leading semiconductor technologies. We can, therefore, provide a variety of clients with unique, cost-effective, end-to-end solutions. The India center will enable IBM to leverage a vast and talented Indian IT talent pool , competent in VLSI and embedded software design to create quality and innovative solutions for our customers."

The new center will combine deep technical know-how with access to IBM's vast portfolio of intellectual property, helping clients enhance current products or build entirely new products.

Skills will be broad: they will include ASIC logic designers, physical design, verification, mechanical design, server system firmware, card design plus embedded and application software expertise, especially in Linux.

Dr. Shukla said the center's value proposition is all about access, giving clients a portal into IBM, leveraging system design expertise, best-practice design methodologies for affordable custom chips and a variety of skills and talent that can be made available on demand.

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