US chipmaker Qualcomm is to establish a research and development facility in Cork.

Smartphone chip giant Qualcomm is to invest €78m in a new R&D facility in Cork that could lead to hundreds of new highly-skilled engineering jobs for the city.

The four-year project, which is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland significantly enhances the reputation of the Irish semiconductor industry, adding to Ireland’s strong reputation in microelectronics R&D.

“This city centre location will help us to attract the world-class engineering talent needed to fuel our continued success”

Qualcomm Technologies’ local affiliate moved into the new 4,600 square metre facility at Penrose Dock in Cork City Centre in October and is recruiting for roles in the ASIC areas of Digital, Analog, Machine Learning, Automotive, CAD, Automation, System Validation, Advanced Design for new Technologies and Software Engineering using leading-edge technologies to work on the next generation of ASIC Chips. For more information visit Qualcomm.Com/Careers

Cork is the jewel in Ireland’s digital crown

New Qualcomm building in Cork.

“This city centre location will help us to attract the world-class engineering talent needed to fuel our continued success,” said Paul Kelleher, senior director, Engineering for QT Technologies Ireland Ltd.

The news was welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD. “This is really welcome news for Cork. Ireland is known for being one of the leading Research, Development and Innovation locations in the world and today’s announcement is further evidence of our strength in this area.

“This announcement from Qualcomm to invest €78m to establish a new Research and Development centre in Cork, is expected to create hundreds of highly-skilled roles over the next four years. Our skilled and talented workforce allows companies like Qualcomm to embed and grow their operations here. I wish them every success with their expansion plans.”

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said that Qualcomm’s new Research & Development Centre in Cork will operate on the cutting edge of technological innovation in Ireland.

“It is a terrific project for Cork and the south-west region, and demonstrates IDA Ireland’s proven record of winning investments for regional locations. This investment also significantly enhances the reputation of the Irish semiconductor industry, adding to Ireland’s strong standing in microelectronics R&D. I wish Qualcomm every success with today’s announcement and assure them of our continued support.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 12 November, 2020

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