AMD Singapore restructuring ends this month

Role of chipmaker's Singapore operations shifts from back-end manufacturing to product development as the company wraps up restructuring program.

SINGAPORE--Chipmaker AMD's restructuring in Singapore will be completed by the end of the month as the local site's role shifts from back-end manufacturing to product development, says company.

In a statement to ZDNet Asia, AMD said its Singapore facilities have more than 600 engineers. The local team will now focus on product development, specifically advanced, engineering-driven CPU (central processing unit), GPU (graphics processing unit) and APU (accelerated processing unit) product development efforts, it added.

"We are restructuring our Singapore workforce to reflect the different talent needs to drive the new engineering focus of our Singapore operations. The workforce restructuring will be complete at the end of this month with the assistance of relevant government agencies," said the company.

The global restructuring program was announced in early-November 2011. Ripples of the layoffs reached Singapore in late November which affected technicians mostly.

According to AMD, it has "made every possible effort" to help employees who were impacted by the layoffs, by providing "competitive severance packages, career transition services and continued health care coverage for a prescribed period of time".

"AMD believes that our people are our greatest asset and the ultimate source of our competitive advantage and our goal remains to be an employer of choice with a workforce full of passionate, innovative and fully engaged employees," it said.

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