One of the world’s most popular chipset maker, Qualcomm Incorporated recently announced plans to establish an Integrated Circuit (IC) Design and Engineering R&D centre in Singapore. The new Qualcomm R&D centre will manage certain strategic business planning and development, sourcing, procurement and distribution, as well as other marketing and administrative functions, from Singapore for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, the Company’s chipset division.
The new IC Design and Engineering R&D operations will focus on chipset design and development – including analog and power design; mixed signal design; digital design; mask layout design; and pre and post silicon verification.
It aims to tap into local Singapore and regional talent to develop a wide range of hardware and software-related design support solutions, as well as augment Qualcomm’s existing product test centre in Singapore.
Singapore has held a strategic importance to Qualcomm since 2000 when the company set up its chipset distribution centre in the country. In 2008, Qualcomm established its first test development centre outside of the United States, enabling Singapore to become Qualcomm’s development hub for the Asia Pacific region.
Qualcomm chipsets can be found in a number of mobile devices including in those made by Nokia, RIM’s BlackBerry, LG, Huawei, ZTE and more.