AMD cues US$400-million outlay for R&D, talent pool in India

AMD is laying the ground for continued growth in India through an investment package of US$400 million over the next five years. 

The planned investment includes a new AMD campus in Bangalore, Karnataka, that will serve as the company’s largest design centre, as well as the addition of about 3,000 new engineering roles by the end of 2028.

The new AMD campus is expected to open before the end of 2023 and will feature extensive lab space, collaboration tools and seating configurations designed to foster teamwork. 

The investment is supported by the various policy initiatives of the government of India focused on the semiconductor industry.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s Minister of State for electronics and IT, skill development and entrepreneurship, said that AMD’s plans will certainly play an important role in building a world-class semiconductor design and innovation ecosystem in the country. 

This “will also provide tremendous opportunities for our large pool of highly skilled semiconductor engineers and researchers and will catalyse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of India becoming a global talent hub,” he said.

Mark Papermaster, AMD’s EVP and CTO, said AMD has grown its India footprint from a handful of employees in 2001 to more than 6,500 employees today.

“AMD has one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios fueled by growth in artificial intelligence, networking and 6G communications, and our India teams will continue to play a pivotal role in delivering the high-performance and adaptive solutions that support AMD customers worldwide,” said Papermaster.

AMD has been an active part of the semiconductor ecosystem in India since 2001 when the company’s first site was established in New Delhi. 

The new 500,000-square-foot Bangalore campus will increase the AMD office footprint to 10 total locations across these cities — Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Mumbai.