Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced the opening of its Asia Pacific Test Center of Excellence in Singapore. The Center is Qualcomm's first test development center outside of the United States, and it will enable Singapore to become a development hub for the region. By having test centers in two opposite time zones-San Diego and Singapore-Qualcomm will create an around-the-clock engineering support system that will significantly shorten the evaluation cycles for its new digital and radio frequency wireless technologies, thereby hastening their time to market.
Qualcomm's Asia Pacific Test Center will carry out design verification and failure analysis for Qualcomm's new products and technologies designed in its design centers in India, China, Taiwan, Korea and San Diego. The Center will also engage in independent development of new technologies and products, in addition to pre-production sampling of early product introductions.
“The opening of the test center expands Qualcomm's existing operations in Singapore. The region will serve as a development hub for Qualcomm's innovative technologies that will enable new categories of converged mobile devices,” said Jim Clifford, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “We are confident that the Center will play a significant role in our development of next-generation products.”
“We are pleased that Qualcomm, the world's largest fabless semiconductor company, has chosen Singapore as its first overseas test development location. Its presence creates strong synergies with Singapore's vibrant semiconductor ecosystem to develop new technologies, capabilities and products,” said Manohar Khiatani, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board.
Qualcomm's regional suppliers stand to benefit from the shortened evaluation cycles and business opportunities generated by new products in the pipeline. Qualcomm's major suppliers in the region include Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Inscope Labs Pte. Ltd., SEMICAPS Pte. Ltd., StatsChipPac Ltd., Tessolve and Verigy.
“Chartered is very pleased that Qualcomm has chosen to open its Asia Pacific Test Center of Excellence in Singapore,” said Chia Song Hwee, president & CEO of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing. “As a key supplier to Qualcomm based in Singapore, we see tremendous benefit and synergy in having the Test Center here, including shorter evaluation cycles, quicker time to market and closer engineering collaboration. We look forward to furthering our relationship with Qualcomm.”
Singapore was chosen as an ideal setting for the new Test Center due to its world-class infrastructure for business, strategic location as the crossroads of Asia, and excellent work force. The new Test Center will be managed by C.S. Chang, who serves as director of engineering and offshore development for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies and is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of technology industry experience.
Qualcomm is the world's largest fabless semiconductor company and focuses on its core competencies of technology development and design. The Company pioneered the Integrated Fabless Manufacturing (IFM) model, which combines many of the benefits of an Integrated Device Manufacturing (IDM) model with a fabless approach. The new Asia Pacific Test Center of Excellence will enhance Qualcomm's IFM model in Asia Pacific by enabling closer and more efficient collaboration with its suppliers and customers in the region.
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500® company. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.