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5 November 2007


SiGe expands Asian design & application capabilities in Hong Kong

SiGe Semiconductor of Ottawa, Canada has unveiled plans to expand in Asia by relocating its Hong Kong operations to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), a US$1.5bn project occupying an area of 22 hectares. The move is in line with SiGe’s strategy to deliver its technology in conjunction with consolidated application design support.

SiGe’s HKSTP facility will occupy 7522 sq. ft., an area three times that of its previous location. It will encompass design, applications, operations sales and customer support functions, including expanded engineering and applications lab facilities to keep pace with the increased demand for the firm’s portfolio of products.

SiGe provides RFICs and multi-chip modules that enable WiMAX, Wi-Fi and GNSS wireless multimedia capabilities in consumer electronics such as mobile devices, laptops, wireless data equipment and navigation systems. With more than 200 million SiGe solutions in the market and shipping rates of about 25 million per quarter, SiGe supplies companies including HP, Apple Computer, Lenovo, Nintendo, Samsung and Motorola.

The move is expected to enhance SiGe’s local R&D capabilities and support its local sales and operations functions. “HKSTP provides an ideal location for our design team to meet our customers’ needs,” says CEO Sohail Khan. “The high-quality infrastructure and support facilities provided by HKSTP will improve our working environment, and in turn we hope that this will result directly in efficiency gains.” The strong link with local universities and applied research institutes should provide recruitment opportunities for local engineers to join SiGe, he adds.

HKSTP places participating tenants in focused technology sector clusters encompassing electronics, biotechnology, precision engineering and the information technology and telecoms industries. “This relocation to HKSTP is an important step for SiGe and our staff and clients in Greater China and Asia,” says Khan.

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