25 new jobs for Cork as Swiss 4G player U-blox invests €1m in new R&D facility

7 Aug 2013

Some 25 new technology jobs are to be created in Cork by Swiss 4G component maker U-blox as part of a €1m investment in a new R&D facility.

The Cork facility will be U-blox’s fourth R&D centre in the world focusing on chip design for embedded 4G wireless communications.

The new centre complements U-blox’s 4G/LTE baseband design activities located in Thalwil, Switzerland; Melbourn, UK; and Leuven, Belgium.

“We anticipate a huge demand for LTE connectivity driven by next-generation applications that rely on machine-to-machine communications,” said Andreas Thiel, head of the wireless products development at U-blox.

“To achieve our goal of market leadership in this sector, we have invested in Cork, a city renowned for its high concentration of engineering talent, especially in the area of signal processing. We welcome our new team of industry-leading RF specialists,” Thiel said.

The new centre opened today and is already staffed and operational with plans to grow the headcount to a full complement of 25 people.

The Cork facility will be contributing to U-blox’s objective of producing off-the-shelf 4G chips and modules serving the automotive, industrial and consumer markets.

The news has been welcomed by the Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock, TD.

“This investment by U-blox is a statement of intent in relation to their commitment to their new operations and helps build on an exciting strong base of high-technology companies in the Cork region and adds to a growing cluster of thriving, innovative companies, which are providing a solid base for future job creation in the city,” Sherlock said.

“This announcement follows a significant job expansion by the EMC company very recently, and shows that there is a growing talent pool of skilled employees to satisfy the needs of discerning multinational companies seeking to set up or expand their operations here,” he added.

4G image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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