US microchip designer Xilinx is to invest $50 million expanding its electronics engineering operations at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork and employ 60 new workers.
45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff will be recruited alongside 15 others in a variety of disciplines at the Dublin headquarters and the engineering centre in Cork. Xilinx currently employs over 250 at its EMEA headquarters where it operates a research, development, engineering and IT centre in Dublin as well as centralised supply, finance, legal and HR functions.
Making the announcement, Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton said the move was very welcome and a testament both to the existing Irish Xilinx staff and to Ireland’s international offering.
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.
“This expansion will provide a range of valuable career development opportunities for experienced engineers”, said Kevin Cooney, managing director of Xilinx in Europe. “It’s symbolic of our steadfast commitment to pioneering ‘all programmable’ technology innovation – far beyond our programmable logic roots – aimed at increasing customer value,” he added.
Xilinx first established operations in Dublin in 1995 and in 2001 invested $50 million to make Dublin its EMEA HQ. In 2005 research labs were set up in Dublin and in 2011 it acquired the Belfast-based telecommunications technology firm Omiino.