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Phoenix doubling staff at India development centre

John Ribeiro | Sept. 28, 2009
The company is adding new product management and architecture functions at the centre

BANGALORE, 25 SEPTEMBER 2009 - Phoenix Technologies is doubling the number of staff at its Indian development centre to 120 in the next six months, and also adding new functions such as product architecture and management, the company said on Friday.

The scope of the centre in Bangalore is being expanded to include development of new Phoenix technologies such as its HyperSpace always-on computing environment for PCs, said Kirthiga Reddy, Phoenix's vice president and general manager for India.

Phoenix set up the centre in 2005 and has invested about US$10 million in it so far, Reddy said. It now plans to invest $20 million more in the centre in the next few years. The centre already works with PC vendors and ODMs (original design manufacturers) that are using Phoenix's technologies in their products, she added.

The company also has development centres in San Jose, Taipei, Seattle, Portland, and Boston.

Phoenix's development of core systems and BIOS is distributed between teams on the West coast of the U.S. and in Taiwan, because of their proximity to centres of activity in these fields, said Woodson Hobbs, Phoenix's president and CEO. When it comes to products like HyperSpace, they could be developed from any location like India if they get their specifications right, he added.


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