Philips IC design centre to create over 160 jobs

Philips IC design centre to create over 160 jobs
Richard Wilson Philips SemiconductorS is setting up a digital TV technology design centre in Southampton which will create jobs for more than 160 designers over the next three years. The semiconductor design centre is an extension to the company’s existing applications centre and represents a ?5m investment. The new group will consist of hardware and software designers working on silicon for digital TV, DVD and other digital consumer applications. “This is an exciting time,” said Fred Rausch, local general manager at Philips Semiconductors, “providing excellent career opportunities to design engineers.” Philips is confident that it can find the skills it needs in the UK. “We need people who are able not just to do VLSI design but also people that can look at interfacing to the analogue world,” said Rausch. The siting of the centre at Southampton is an indication of how important the UK’s digital TV industry is becoming to semiconductor vendors like Philips. “We anticipate that ten million homes in the UK alone will have digital TV by 2003,” added Rausch. Three broadcasters, the BBC, BSkyB and ONdigital, have all launched digital TV services in the last six months and almost 500,000 digital set-top boxes have been sold to date. Philips already has design-ins for its set-top box chipset with UK-based manufacturers The centre will also play a part in Philips’ reorganisation of its semiconductor design activities, announced in December, which involves greater standardisation of design and process technology across groups such as TV systems, audio or digital video. Southampton is one of Philips’ largest software development sites and the work there includes embedded designs based on the MIPS core as well as applications software.


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