Nujira has opened an IC Design Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been awarded £175,000 funding from Scottish Development International to support the initiative. The new design centre has opened with a small team of engineers but has plans to draw on the pool of IC design expertise based in the region to triple the design centre’s headcount by the end of 2012.

Located in the heart of Edinburgh the design centre will house a multidisciplinary IC development team focused on the company’s handset solutions. Its designers will specialize in high performance switched mode power supply controller and amplifier design.

Commenting, Tim Haynes, CEO of Nujira, said, “Nujira’s Coolteq® wideband Envelope Tracking ICs can reduce power consumption in smartphone transmitters by 30 to 50 percent. Our vision is to install hundreds of millions of Coolteq ICs into energy efficient 3G and 4G devices means that we need to rapidly expand our IC design capabilities. The support of Scottish Development International made a big difference in encouraging us to open our IC design centre in Edinburgh. Scotland not only has a pool of analogue and digital IC design talent, but the Universities there also boast highly regarded Faculties of Electronic Engineering. We are looking forward to developing closer links with those universities and to building our team there.”

Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing said, “The decision of Nujira to establish a new centre in Edinburgh, which will create up to 20 new jobs, reinforces the capital’s strong reputation for innovation in technology and engineering. The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development international continues to work hard to secure new investment and jobs to Scotland. Nujira’s plan to create a new centre in the city is testament to the talent and skills of the local workforce, and also Scotland’s competitiveness as a first class location for innovation.”

Nujira is the world leader in Envelope Tracking Technology and employs 70 staff globally, with over 50 engineers engaged in R&D. The company has its head office and R&D headquarters just outside Cambridge, UK, an Engineering Centre in Bath, and sales locations in the US and Europe.