According to Management Consulting firm Zinnov, there are an estimated 594 R&D centers of multi-national companies in India employing 146,760 workers. Most are in Bangalore (312), followed by Pune with 96, the New Delhi area with 87, Hyderabad with 55 and Chennai with 39. (Source: EETimes.)
Bangalore, as expected, has more than all the others combined. But Pune is second. Yippie.
Fairchild Semiconductors recently opened a design center in Pune. According to their press release, this center:
will be responsible for designing and developing the company’s new generation of power MOSFETs and IGBT technology to support popular applications such as solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), automotive, lighting and ballast applications.
The Indian R&D design center is staffed by expert electrical engineers with extensive design experience and a thorough understanding of the requirements for power designs, in particular low-voltage power. The Pune location was chosen due to its close proximity to several excellent colleges and educational institutions that focus on engineering, and it is home to diverse research institutions that supplement higher education. In addition, Pune has a very strong presence in the automobile sector.