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In an exclusive interaction with ETAuto, Lars Reger, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology officer – NXP Automotive said, “India will be a huge R&D site for us, though we have not yet decided on manufacturing here.”
NEW DELHI: At a time when there is a lot of hue and cry over H1B visas and Indian talent eating the jobs abroad, the $10 billion Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors sees Indian engineers as the largest asset for the company when it comes to R&D and developing complex technology to support autonomous vehicle. In an exclusive interaction with ETAuto, Lars Reger, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology officer – NXP Automotive said, “India will be a huge R&D site for us, though we have not yet decided on manufacturing here.” In total, NXP has 15 big R&D centres across the globe out of which three such centres are in India; the biggest one in Noida followed by Bangalore and Hyderabad. Lars Reger emphasises on the fact that, for the company, the average age of engineers in India is lowest among all other centres which allow them to get the fresh talent and design new things. “We need people who have fresh knowledge from universities as the technology is getting complex and changing rapidly,” he said. To keep the momentum going the company further plans to hire more than 100 engineers this year in India.
While Indian R&D centres are working closely with the global team, yet it has become a hub for developing complex micro controller used in autonomous and electric cars. According to Lars Reger, “NXP India is growing at a rate of 11 percent which is much faster than the standard industry growth rate of 6-8 percent globally.” This is because the need to bring electronics for functionality is also increasing at a faster pace here. Lot of regulations like safety and emission norms, demand for infotainment and telematics are also increasing which is further triggering the growth. The company is also working very closely with tier-1 suppliers on radios and immobilizers. With electrification and autonomous vehicles coming in, the electronic content per car is expected to grow manifold. Currently, in the developed markets like Europe and US, on an average every car has electronic content worth $400 which is expected to double to $800 per cars as the volume of electric cars grows in the next 4-5 years. India still has minimal electronic content per car compared to these nations but expected to grow fastest with changing policy in safety and emission. The value of electronic content per car will further rise with additional $400 to $1200 of electronic content when self-driving cars become reality in the next 10 years. Thus, NXP which has developed India as its R&D hub will have a massive contribution. However, as the technology gears up for the next leap the danger of hacking and misuse increases. In such a scenario companies like NXP has big focus towards creating safe and secure environment. “We spend one-third of the expenditure on making the chip and software hackproof,” Lars Reger said. – Courtesy