|re: small anecdotal nuggets, i saw this the other day, but didn't bother. fwiw, PMC started off year 2000 with 650 employees and had 1,200 through july, according to a recent figure by Teri McNaughton (director of HR).|
Chip maker PMC-Sierra opens engineering design center in S.D.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego, Calif.
Jan 4, 2001
PMC-Sierra, which makes communications chips for fiber-optic networks, said yesterday it has established an engineering design center in San Diego -- hometown of industry rival Applied Micro Circuits Corp.
PMC-Sierra noted that its new San Diego design center will enable the Campbell-based company to tap into San Diego's large pool of design engineering talent.
"In general, it's not earth-shattering news that a company is opening a design center in another place," said Jeremy Donovan, an industry analyst who follows the communications semiconductor industry for Gartner Group.
Donovan noted that the number of qualified semiconductor engineers is not overwhelmingly large, and opening an outpost design center enables big companies to gain access to other labor pools.
PMC-Sierra said it has added seven new offices and design centers in the past year, increasing its worldwide work force by more than 1,000. The company said it has more than 1,750 employees in 25 offices around the world.
Executives at Applied Micro Circuits Corp., also known as AMCC, did not return calls seeking comment yesterday.