Ericsson, the Stockholm, Sweden-based communications tech company, says it is opening a design center in Austin focused on applications around 5G radio base stations and their microelectronic innards.
The company says it expects to hire 80 Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) designers by the middle of 2018. The boom in smart phones and other mobile devices, the increasing miniaturization of processors and the rise of 5G communication standards are behind the move. The design center is to be located in southwest Austin near fabrication facilities and close to downtown, but the company did not announce whether a site has been chosen yet.
In a statement, the company’s head of Development Unit Networks, Sinisa Krajnovic, said, “We are strengthening our radio design capability in one of the world’s 5G pioneer markets. We’ll be up and running with our first group of designers in Austin by the end of 2017. Along with our ASIC design teams in Sweden and China, we’ll be making faster, better and greener 5G products to bring into the Ericsson portfolio by 2019.”
Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Ericsson North America, said of the new center, “Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. with a bustling tech and start up scene. We want to capture the great talent on-hand there, enabling us to increase digital ASIC capabilities even further and be close to some of our key global customers.”
The company has about 110,000 employees in 180 countries. You can find some of the company’s Austin job listings here.
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