R&D bursts onto the Bangalore scene

Not long ago the world pictured Bangalore as an outsourcing hub full of call center agents and paid-by-the-hour software workers. How that has changed.

Years ago, when the world pictured Bangalore they imagined an outsourcing hub full of call center agents and paid-by-the-hour software workers. How that has changed.

Today, that same city has metamorphosed into a thriving research and development center where advances in areas such as chip design, software product design and innovative healthcare products are driving profits for global multinationals.

Google's Map Maker, Intel's six-core Xeon processor, Microsoft's search engine Bing and HP's Dynamic Smart Cooling Technology have all been designed or have key components built in the city. IBM and Microsoft have tens of thousands of employees based in Bangalore. Cisco is developing next-gen intelligent networking technologies in the city.

Bangalore's makeover as a maturing global R&D base is as recent as the last couple of years. An ecosystem of inexpensive global talent, maturing skills and innovative ideas for new products and services have aided the transformation.

For more, read "Bangalore blooming into innovation hothouse" at silicon.com.