NXP Semiconductors, the independent company founded by Philips, is to expand its presence in Singapore for the advancement of Wireless USB (W-USB) technology development. Over the next five years, NXP will invest over €90 M as part of its planned annual R&D investment, to make W-USB a mainstream technology enabling efficient connectivity among various consumer devices.

As part of the expansion the Innovation Center in Singapore will collaborate with the team in the US to further develop its expertise on the complete technology development lifecycle for W-USB: standardization, IC design, test and product engineering, system and software development, as well as marketing. As a result, OEMs and ODMs seeking to adopt W-USB technology will have access to a highly qualified and focused talent pool to enable rapid integration and quick time-to-market.

Marc Cetto, EVP and general manager, Mobile & Personal Business, NXP Semiconductors, commented, “Our investment in manpower, equipment and IP creation, together with the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), empowers the development of state-of-the-art W-USB to further our leadership position. With a multi-cultural, knowledge-intensive engineering talent base, Singapore is a strategic location for NXP’s R&D program, replete with the EDB’s cluster strategy for industrial impetus.”

The executive director of the electronics cluster, Singapore Economic Development Board, Swee-Nian Lim, stated, “NXP’s decision to expand its Singapore Innovation Center for its on-going developments in Wireless USB is an endorsement of Singapore’s strengths in cutting edge innovation in technology and strong foundation in the electronics industry. Since its inception more than 10 years ago, the NXP Innovation Center has trained and developed a core group of high-caliber R&D talent and strengthened the semiconductor industry in Singapore.”