We were honored to have the Right Honorable David Willetts, Member of Parliament and Minister for Science & Universities, officially open our sparkling new Bristol, UK, mobile technology engineering facility Tuesday.
While the new office is bigger — twice the size of the old one — the work going on there is focused on the increasingly tiny.
That’s because Bristol — located two hours west of London, along England’s tech corridor — is where we design and develop our modem technology for smartphones and tablets. Specifically, the team works on baseband processors and software for implementing complex algorithms, which provide 4G LTE (as well as 3G and 2G) voice and data communications for mobile phone networks around the world.
NVIDIA first landed in Bristol with the acquisition of Icera Semiconductor in 2011. We kept the engineering team in place and have been investing in R&D and highly skilled engineering jobs in the area ever since. In fact, our Bristol-based team has doubled in size to nearly 200 people, with plans to recruit dozens more in the next year.
During the opening event, David Willetts said, “Bristol is a hub of technology, producing world-class businesses that are creating exciting growth opportunities. NVIDIA is a real success story, providing skilled engineering jobs, expanding their workforce and working closely with universities. This new facility will allow the business to continue to expand their research and development, helping them to create new job and growth opportunities to keep the UK ahead in the global race.”
We’ve invested several million pounds in the new Bristol facility, which has 30,000 square feet of floor space. A specially designed and enlarged lab is at the heart of the building. It’s triple the size of the previous lab space. The site also includes rework rooms, a shielded room and specialist lab areas as well as customer labs and breakout areas.
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