Xilinx to invest US$50m in expansion of EMEA headquarters, creating 60 jobs

3 Jul 2012

Xilinx plans to expand its electronic engineering operations at its EMEA headquarters in Ireland with a US$50m investment that will create 60 high quality engineering jobs in Dublin and Cork.

The advanced microchip designer, which currently employs more than 250 people in Ireland, intends to recruit 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for its regional headquarters in Dublin and Cork, while a further 15 positions will be created across a broad range of disciplines.

The investment, which is supported by IDA Ireland, was announced today by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, and Kevin Cooney, corporate vice-president and managing director of Xilinx in Europe.

“Today’s announcement that Xilinx, a leading global semiconductor company, is making a further multimillion-euro investment in Ireland with the creation of high-value engineering jobs is very welcome, and is a testament to the staff already here as well as to Ireland’s international offering,” said Bruton.

High-level development of all programmable technology

Recruitment will begin immediately to support the company’s high-level development work for advanced technologies and products, working in tandem with Xilinx’s Programmable Platforms Group at its corporate headquarters in the US.

“We’re very pleased with this investment, which endorses the quality of advanced engineering and product development work being undertaken by Xilinx Ireland where everyone is an important contributor to the global success of the corporation,” said Cooney, who believes the expansion will provide a range of valuable career development opportunities for experienced engineers.

“At the same time, it’s symbolic of our steadfast commitment to pioneering ‘all programmable’ technology innovation – far beyond our programmable logic roots – aimed at increasing customer value and expanding our reach to a broad base of design engineers and system architects,” he added.

Xilinx is a leading provider of all programmable technologies and devices, with US$2.2bn in revenues in fiscal year 2012 and nearly 50pc market share in the programmable logic device market, one of the fastest-growing segments of the semiconductor industry.

The Irish investment will fuel the development of faster and more powerful programmable semiconductor microchips that will be capable of processing even higher volumes of information within electronic systems.

Jobs announcement image via Shutterstock

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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