In a recent announcement, the Union Minister for Electronics and IT, Ashwini Vaishnaw, disclosed that India is poised to witness the establishment of three state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facilities, attracting an estimated investment ranging between $8-12 billion. The minister highlighted ongoing discussions with the governments of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, and Karnataka for the establishment of these facilities, alongside AMD’s launch of an international design center in Bengaluru.
Vaishnaw emphasized the potential of this burgeoning sector, characterizing it as a new industry for the country that will significantly contribute to the evolving manufacturing landscape of electronics, telecom, and defense electronics. Micron Technology’s investment announcement in June 2023, coupled with the initiation of facility construction in September, has instilled considerable confidence in India’s semiconductor mission.
The development also includes AMD’s strategic move to inaugurate a design center in Bengaluru, employing approximately 3,000 engineers. This center will exclusively focus on advancing semiconductor technology in areas such as machine learning, 3D stacking, and artificial intelligence. AMD’s substantial investment of $400 million over the next five years further solidifies its commitment to India.
According to an AMD spokesperson, the new research and development (R&D) center will serve as a center of excellence, concentrating on the development of various products, including high-performance CPUs for data centers and PCs, gaming GPUs (graphics processing units), and adaptive SoCs (system-on-chip) and FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) for embedded devices. The design center, initiated in 2004, currently hosts only 25 percent of AMD’s international workforce.