Intel taps India for discrete GPU team

February 20, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Intel taps India for discrete GPU team
Intel has acquired substantial engineering resources from fabless chip company Ineda Systems Pvt. Ltd. (Hyderabad, India) including about 100 engineers to help Intel develop discrete graphics chips, according to local reports.

The deal has been described as "acqui-hire", in that Intel is purchasing Ineda resources, specifically staff, for their skills rather than the products or IP the company has developed.

"Intel acquired engineering resources from Ineda Systems, a silicon and platform services provider based in Hyderabad. This transaction provides Intel with an experienced SOC team to help build a world-class discrete GPU business," The Times of India quotes an Intel spokesperson as saying.

Intel has a few hundred engineers engaged in software development in Hyderabad but has pledged to create a global technology hub that will initially deploy 1,500 people. As such Intel could be trying to jump-start its employment for that facility.

Ineda was founded by leading Indian semiconductor veteran Dasaradha Gude in 2010 with a view to developing processors for IoT applications. The company received funding from Samsung, Qualcomm and Imagination Technologies Group plc amongst others and achieved a design win in Samsung's Artik-1 board intended for use in sensor hubs and wireless beacons.

It is not clear whether Ineda will continue or a company formed to take forward its remaining interests.

Gude told BusinessLine that: "A part of the team, intellectual property is still with us. The firm is into research and development of automotive solutions and Internet of Things (IoT). There is a huge scope for R&D in the automotive and IoT space,” he said.

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