Samsung plans new R&D center for Silicon Valley

The electronics giant invests in technology's intellectual hub by moving its San Jose facility closer to its heart.

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Samsung announced this morning that its U.S. research and development center will expand and relocate to a new 8.5 acre campus in Mountain View, Calif.

That's right in the heart of Silicon Valley, of course, shaving 15 to 30 minutes off the drive from its current location in San Jose.

San Jose is considered a part of the Valley, but it's a touch far afield, making the strangling traffic situations that occur throughout the area a real pain. Mountain View is hardly better in this regard, but it's closer to Stanford University and other institutions of higher education that it plans to tap to support its own continued growth, as well as collaboration programs.

Is Mountain View close enough to attract the droves of young, urban-minded technologists that are moving to San Francisco proper? That's a big question that will play out over the next decade. Nevertheless, Samsung needs 385,000 square feet of space, and the rents are undoubtedly cheaper in the 'burbs than in the city. For now, it's not a bad plan.

The project is slated for completion in 2014.

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