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100 new jobs for Dublin and Cork with Xilinx

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100 new jobs for Dublin and Cork with Xilinx

Friday, November 03, 2017 

100 new jobs for Dublin and Cork with Xilinx

Xilinx has today announced investment of $40 million in an initiative to expand its research, development, and engineering operations at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork.

The company will recruit 75 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for its regional headquarters in Dublin and for its engineering centre in Cork.

An additional 25 new employees will be hired across a broad range of business disciplines supporting the continued growth of Xilinx in Ireland.

Xilinx is a leading provider of programmable semiconductor products. The investment and recruitment will support the company’s high level research, development and engineering work for advanced technologies and products including the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in key strategic markets such as cloud computing, embedded vision, industrial IoT (Internet of Things) and 5G wireless.

The formal announcement was made in Dublin today by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., and Kevin Cooney, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Managing Director EMEA, Xilinx Inc.

This new investment is supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.

Details of career opportunities with Xilinx can be explored here.

The CareersPortal Team