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Microchip opens design center in Romania

US Microchip Technology Inc., provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced it has inaugurated a design center in Bucharest, Romania.

The new center is part of Microchip's worldwide network of design centers, located in India, Switzerland, California and Arizona (United States). Its objective consists in playing a "pivotal role in enhancing Microchip's existing product portfolio, and in developing technologies that continue to set new benchmarks for price, performance and ease of integration," the company stated. Microchip said it has recruited 15 employees, with an intention to count 30 jobs by the end of 2008 and 100 jobs over the next four years.

"Bucharest was chosen as the location for Microchip's newest design centre because it takes us closer to our customers who are increasingly turning to Eastern Europe for design and manufacture," explained Rich Simoncic, vice president of Microchip's Analog and Interface Products Division, in a statement. "It is only by working closely with our customers that we can understand the challenges they face and ensure that we are developing the right products for them." (