Bharat Bytes: Lam Research’s R&D centre; Australia to unveil Centre of Excellence; Payoda to double manpower; Prolifics begins hiring program; Indian PC market grows

Bharat Bytes is Computerworld India’s regular round-up of news from the world of IT.

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Lam Research to open its second R&D centre in India

US-based semiconductor fabrication equipment supplier Lam Research is setting up its second research and development centre in India in September. The new facility will help the company’s engineers to complete designs locally and reduce the reliance on US counterparts.

The new centre, the company’s second in Bengaluru, will include a “state of the art" hardware engineering lab consisting of deposition (a fabrication process in which thin films of materials are deposited on a wafer), etching (chemically removing layers from the surface of a wafer), and wet processing units (used for etching and cleaning the wafers), along with AR/VR-enabled capabilities.

Lam Research is a leading supplier of equipment to semiconductor manufacturers such as Intel, TSMC, Samsung and Micron. The company already has over 2,000 employees in India and the new facility will help bring most of its work to the country. 

Australia to unveil Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru

In a joint initiative with India, Australia would open a Center of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy in Bengaluru soon.

“Australia is committed to deepening its relationship with India, on cyber and critical tech. We'll certainly encourage Indian and Australian organisations and individuals to look for opportunities to work with each other," Barry O’ Farrell, Australian High Commissioner to India said.

The center, according to him, would harness the Australian and India critical technology policy expertise from across the industry from academia, civil society, thought leaders in government to shape norms, policy frameworks and standards.

Payoda to double manpower by 2025

Software development and technology firm Payoda is planning to increase workforce strength to 1,000, across domestic and offshore offices. Notably, the Coimbatore-headquartered firm has offices in Chennai, Hyderabad and offshore workplace in Texas, United States, Dubai, and Romania.

Karunya Sampath, Payoda co-founder said that the strategic need-based hiring plan for the next three years encapsulate all key departments such as technology, sales, human resources, administration, and marketing.

Prolifics begins hiring program

To expand its employee base, Prolifics, a global digital transformation leader, has begun its recruitment drive across India. They are mainly aiming at providing an opportunity to fresh graduates from engineering colleges across India, to begin their careers with the company, where they can work on key projects with cutting-edge technologies in an open and collaborative environment.

The company is looking to hire young talent for the role of software engineer trainee and the hiring process started on 15 Aug 2022, a release from Prolifics said.

The software engineer will get a chance to work at Prolifics on various technologies to execute full software development life cycle where they will code, test and troubleshoot programs utilizing the appropriate framework, database, and programming technology, that is, write quality and clean code using prescribed specifications; analyse performance of programs and take action to correct deficiencies, perform unit testing and participate in design and code-review process.

The company works with various clients to develop, design, implement and manage specialized technology solutions, and is currently expanding with diverse client types in all business sectors. They mainly hire talent in areas such as test automation and data analytics, the release said.

Indian PC market delivers 17.8% year-on-year growth

The India traditional PC market, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations delivered another strong quarter (Apr-Jun 2022) shipping over 3.7 million units with a year-over-year (YoY) growth of 17.8%, according to new data from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker.

The government segment was strong due to spillover orders from the previous quarter, but the other segments are slowing, with channel inventory increasing. While the notebook category continued to be the volume driver with 2.6 million units, its growth rate reduced to 7.3% YoY compared to over 30% YoY on average for the last three quarters. The desktop category, however, continued its strong run, shipping more than one million units for a second consecutive quarter, according to a release from IDC.

The demand for PCs was rather positive through April, but it slowed in the second half of the quarter, as the reopening of colleges got pushed to 3Q22. The enterprise segment grew by 14.9%, much lower than the previous three quarters as order materialization got delayed. Similarly, the SMB growth rate was lower than in the previous two quarters, and channel inventory increased considerably as demand tapered, the release said.

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