ARM is following the gravity of the hardware industry, saying it's going to open a CPU design centre in Taiwan – its first such presence in Asia and just its fourth anywhere in the world. Announced today at Computex in Taipei in the presence of Taiwan's minister of Science and Technology San-Cheng Chang and deputy minister for …
To place their business closer to China or because they cannot get skilled staff in the UK?
I suspect a combination of both, but mostly because they cannot get sufficient numbers of home grown engineers. It seems that people in the far east and many other "non-western" nations still want to become scientists and engineers and have a better work ethic than the lazy feckers in the uk who just want to do humanities degrees (and then complain they're saddled with debt and cannot find a job in their chosen "career").
Re: Why Taiwan?
you just want someone that thinks differently.
In Asia for example, dual SIM mobiles are the norm, in Europe, they are not. In the UK top loading Machines are rare, yet in Asia very common and so on and so on.
Re: Why Taiwan?
It's very common for multi-national companies to spread their research around the globe. It's particularly important for the likes of ARM which has a business model which involves licensing technology and working as a partner with customers. By having research facilities close to their main customers, then they can have a much closer and responsive relationship than would be possible from a purely UK base, with all the travel, language and time zone issues. It also has the side-benefit of being seen as a true partner, and not just a foreign supplier.
As far as China is concerned, then that's a bit of a different issue. Having research facilities in Taiwan might not be looked upon very favourably by the Chinese government.
THey've always had other design centres
"they cannot get skilled staff in the UK?" Nope. ARM are looking for the best, not scraping the barrel.
They also have a 300 person design centre in Texas which they have had for years.
ARM have always been talent shopping and it is no surprise they're shopping in Asia. That makes particular sense when you see all the ARM design wins coming out of greater China.
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