ZMDI to design power chips in Ireland
Dresden-based semiconductor firm ZMDI is to set up a power management chip R&D centre in Limerick, Ireland.
The move builds on a growing cluster of power chip expertise in the region.
Supported by the Irish government’s Industrial Development Authority, the analogue and mixed-signal chip firm said it plans to create 35 engineering positions for graduates and technicians over the next five years in Limerick.
“The addition of ZMDI to Limerick is a major endorsement of Ireland’s capabilities in the areas of analogue and mixed-signal electronics and R&D,” said Irish finance minister Michael Noonan.
ZMDI said the R&D centre will focus on the development of products for the smart power management sector and has a collaboration with the University of Limerick.
“After considering a number of global locations for this strategically important R&D centre, we decided that Limerick was the perfect fit for our company due to the research expertise in the University of Limerick, the availability of engineering skills, the cluster of many leading players in electronics in the region and the support of IDA Ireland,” said ZMDI’s Bernhard Huber.
“The centre is an important addition to the cluster of power management electronics in Limerick, and through its collaboration with the University of Limerick, it positions the Mid-West region well at the forefront of research in energy-efficient power management solutions,” said IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary.