Another company that has recently looked to eastern Europe for design assistance is SiTime, which is currentlysampling its MEMS oscillators, which provide an alternative to quartz crystals.
The company has opened a design center in Lviv, Ukraine, which currently employees three and will expand to six by February 2007 and has plans to grow to15. “I knew someone there and he has recruited people who know about quartz and timing products. You can get engineers around 45 years old who have good experience in communications and RF,” said John McDonald, vice president marketing and sales at SiTime.
McDonald developed his contactsthrough a former employer, Cypress, which has had a facility in Ukraine for four years and now employs 27 people there. “The economy is starting to pick up now. Salaries there have doubled since I first went there,” said McDonald.
The SiTime facility is given 'packetized work' such as life testing, competitive analysis of quartz parts, “it is almost impossible to find up to date reliability data on quartz devices”. “The will eventually do all the applications testing and support,” said McDonald.
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