Freescale Semiconductor expanded its operations in Bucharest, Romania, with new facilities focused on developing next-generation wireline and wireless communication technologies. The company marked the opening of its new software development centre during an inaugural ceremony attended by Freescale executives, customers and Romanian government officials.
Freescale's research and development priorities at the centre will include infrastructure applications for voice/modem/fax over IP (VoIP/MoIP/FoIP), network equipment and infrastructure, software for 3G cellular platforms, ZigBee stack development, and integrated development tools for Freescale processors.
Romania is one of the company's most strategically important operations in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, according to the company. The new centre will generate patentable concepts and solutions for software technologies that will help enable the communications and information technology markets.
The company doubled its head count in Romania over the past 12 months to more than 200 software engineers and support staff. This growth in personnel is expected to continue at a similar pace in 2006 and beyond. This year also marks the sixth anniversary of Freescale's presence and investment in Romania.
"Romania offers a talented pool of software and systems engineers, and Freescale is fortunate to be able to tap into that world-class talent and expand our presence in the Romania market," says David Perkins, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's Networking and Computing Systems Group.