LONDON Palm has opened a Research and Development Centre at Swords, Co. Dublin, with the support of Industrial Development Agency Ireland.
The centre, whose set up was announced in March, will develop custom software applications for Palm Treo smartphones for the mobile operators in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
Micheal Martin TD, Ireland’s minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, speaking at the official opening of the new centre, said, “The impact of attracting an R&D investment to Ireland from a company such as Palm, a high-profile brand leader with a reputation for innovation in wireless and communications, underlines this country’s ability to successfully attract high-end R&D projects. Palm represents an important addition to the emerging wireless sector in this country, a key target area for IDA Ireland. It also is an ideal fit with IDA’s strategy of adding higher-value knowledge-intensive activities and strategic mandates to existing operations here.”
The European Engineering Centre is responsible for choosing and developing core, leading-edge technologies, such as 3G/UMTS, to help Palm accelerate the delivery of next-generation smartphones to European mobile operators and their customers and supporting the mobile operators in their certification processes and helping field-qualification teams. It will also implement radio technology and mobile operator-specific services and applications andfocus on quality assurance across the complex European networks and infrastructures.
Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm, said, “We are delighted to open this centre in Europe, a significant step up for our R&D function. This move reflects our intention to accelerate the delivery of next-generation smartphones to European mobile operators and their customers. After careful consideration of alternatives, we were convinced by the IDA and our own analysis that the specific R&D skills crucial to the success of this centre are readily available in Ireland.”
The centre is located at Airside Business Park in Swords, alongside Palm’s existing European Operations and Supply Chain Group, which has been based in Ireland since 1999.