AMD’s $400 million investment in India over the next five years includes the AMD Technostar campus. The campus will be a center of excellence for the development of high-performance CPUs for the data center and PCs, data center and gaming GPUs, and adaptive SoCs and FPGAs for embedded devices.
The campus intends to employ approximately 3,000 engineers in the coming years, with a focus on the design and development of semiconductor technology such as 3D stacking, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and others.
The campus was dedicated by Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Railways, Telecommunications, Electronics, and Information Technology, as well as AMD executives such as Mark Papermaster, executive vice president and chief technology officer.
Design, which requires more talent than capital, is at the top of the value chain, and fortunately, India already has a large pool of chip designers. AMD’s chip-design plant, which will employ around 3,000 engineers, is a bet on India’s design talent. Though a number of American companies have chip design centers in India (including AMD), India’s design talent is not comparable to that of the United States. However, with AMD’s decision to locate its largest plant in India, India’s chip-design capabilities will undoubtedly improve.