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AMD Singapore expands its R&D footprint toward driving next-generation HPC products and capabilities

  • AMD will invest more than US$50M to expand and upskill the workforce and upgrade capabilities over the next 3 years
  • The expanded team will focus on HPC tasks such as creating hardware and products, analyzing devices, performing data science, and researching artificial intelligence (AI)

Research and development (R&D) spending has increased significantly worldwide, both publicly and privately, outside of the historically dominant centers of North America, Europe, and Japan.

Since the start of the pandemic, the increased public spending on basic research has never been more important as evidenced by the demand for innovation in vaccine development, semiconductor technologies to ease shortages, and power storage to support various forms of renewable energy, to name just a few.

The Americas, and notably the United States (US), continue to be the world’s largest investors in semiconductor research and development. The Americas lead the world in 2021 with a share of $80.5 billion invested in technical research and development, according to statistics from IC Insights. Although the US has gradually raised its overall R&D spending, its global proportion of R&D expenditure has dramatically decreased.

Asia-Pacific countries, on the other hand, have been expanding their expenditure at a considerably more rapid rate, giving them an increase of 11.5% in the pie. Taiwan, the country where TSMC is based, has largely driven this growth, contributing 14.4% ($11.52 billion) of the total to the sector. A close second is South Korea – home of Samsung – which represented 11.9% ($9.9 billion) of the sum.

AMD is one of the numerous tech behemoths that has remained well ahead of its rivals in R&D and innovation. As AMD increases its market share and income, so does their research and development spending. The CPU division of AMD is growing. Also, it’s not just with new hires. In Poughkeepsie, New York, they are developing a brand-new research and development facility.

What’s the objective of expanding AMD’s R&D operations?

That’s just the US. Now, they are currently looking to expand their workforce to ramp up R&D operations in Singapore. AMD Singapore has successfully made the shift over the past ten years from a high-volume test production plant to a product development center with the leadership and technical know-how to carry out and maintain a strong ecosystem of New Product Introduction (NPI).

With an expanding customer and partner base, AMD Singapore has significantly increased its local R&D operations since 2016. Currently, the Product Development and NPI ecosystem teams at AMD Singapore are responsible for driving innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies.

To speed up the development of next-generation products, AMD Singapore plans to gradually increase its workforce over the upcoming months. The expanded team will concentrate on HPC tasks like developing hardware and products, analyzing devices, doing data science, and researching artificial intelligence (AI). These new items are a component of AMD’s hardware and product lineup that will target new markets and implement growth strategies for data centers and pervasive AI.

Over the next three years, AMD will invest more than US$50M to expand and upskill the workforce and upgrade capabilities. By offering mentorship, foreign training opportunities, post-graduate research projects with renowned Singaporean universities, and post-graduate research studies, AMD is committed to developing local talent with essential semiconductor R&D skills. This commitment is shared by EDB.

“Rooted in an innovation-driven culture, AMD Singapore’s phenomenal growth is a testament to the local site’s consistent value-add to AMD’s mission of building great products that accelerate next-generation high-performance computing experiences,” said El Saravanan, Managing Director, AMD Singapore. “We are thrilled to be expanding our workforce in Singapore and are deeply committed to developing the remarkable engineering talent locally.”

The expansion of AMD Singapore’s workforce and product development capabilities will allow the company to provide market-leading solutions for a growing customer and partner base across all key business areas as AMD continues to make outstanding advancements in high-performance computing.