Monday, December 03, 2007

AMD's move to design new chip in India makes Germans jealous!

AMD is designing it's new 45nm microprocessor 'Shanghai' in India. Generally German media does not report news like that. They like to show how poor Indians are and how Indians waste money by developing missiles (No, they do not report satellite launches and other scientific breakthroughs by Indian scientists or how people profit from satellite-aided tele-medicine etc.).

This news about AMD's plan was of particular interest to Germans, because AMD has chip-making plants and design facilities in the city of Dresden. So they are disappointed of losing such a high-profile job to Indians. It was really interesting to read their responses to this news in German web-forums. Someone wanted to call the new chip "Curry Chicken" because of it's Indian connection. Others didn't want to buy it, because it's designed (they do not know that Infineon, a German chip maker, designs it's chips in India) by poor under-developed Indians.

Such a news and such jealous responses were simply not imaginable even 7 years ago. India has come a long way in developing it's brand value as a high-tech R&D destination since the opening of it's economy. Well done and weiter so..

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