July 5, 2012 -- Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) will invest $50 million to expand its electronics engineering operations, located at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork, Ireland. The company will recruit 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for its regional headquarters in Dublin and for its engineering center in Cork. A further 15 staffers will be hired across a broad range of disciplines supporting the continued growth of Xilinx in Ireland.
The new investment is supported by Irish government through IDA Ireland, and was announced by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., and by Kevin Cooney, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe.
Xilinx’s EMEA headquarters is home to a research, development, engineering and IT center in Dublin along with centralized supply, finance, legal and HR functions. It employs about 250 people.
“Central to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is deepening and developing the impact of foreign direct investment here. We must not only seek to attract more investment and jobs from top multinational companies; we must also strive to ensure that more of them are carrying out strategic, high-value activities here based on research and development,” said Minister Bruton.
The new investment and immediate recruitment will support the company’s high-level development work for advanced technologies and products where the Irish arm already works in tandem with Xilinx’s Programmable Platforms Group (PPG) at corporate headquarters in the US.
PPG is a global organization responsible for development and delivery of the company’s industry-leading ‘All Programmable’ product portfolio, including 7 series FPGAs, Zynq-7000 SoCs, Virtex-7 3D ICs and Vivado Design Suite. Xilinx's CTO Ivo Bolsens will keynote at the upcoming SEMICON West 2012 in San Francisco, CA. Bolsens will present "All Programmable -- from Silicon to System" on July 11.
Xilinx is a leading multinational investor in Ireland where it first established operations in Dublin in 1995, subsequently building and expanding operations on its own campus. In 2001 it also invested over €50 million in an expansion of its Dublin facilities as the company’s EMEA headquarters. In 2005 it established an offshoot of Xilinx Research Labs in Dublin and in 2011 it acquired the Belfast-based telecommunications technology firm Omiino.
The investment by Xilinx will fuel the development of faster and more powerful programmable semiconductor microchips that will be capable of processing even higher volumes of information within electronic systems. Using these new Xilinx devices will enable developers and manufacturers to create higher performance systems, products and technologies.
Xilinx makes All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.