Maxim Integrated to Invest in Dublin Design Center and Assign Team of Mixed-Signal and Analog Engineers

March 02, 2020 by Luke James

Maxim Integrated is accelerating innovation in Europe with a $25 million investment for a new design center in Dublin, Ireland.

Maxim, which had sales of over $2 billion last year, is widely known as a leading microchip developer – its semiconductors drive digital equipment such as computers and smartphones – and this investment will help the company deliver more of its solutions across new end markets.  

The new Dublin-based design center, which will be Maxim’s seventh design center in Europe, will focus on product development and research and development in the area of analog semiconductor design. 


A Cross-Disciplinary Team of Engineers

To make the company’s vision of transcending new end markets a reality, Maxim will recruit a team of mixed-signal and analog design engineers at the facility. The $25 million investment will be mostly spent on recruiting talent, building and equipment costs, and research and development. 

The team chosen for the facility, who are specifically mixed-signal and analog design engineers, will focus on R&D for analog semiconductor design. Their efforts will aim to improve upon and promote Maxim's product portfolio of analog and mixed-signal devices

"With our rich history and depth of talent, I'm thrilled that Maxim Integrated has chosen Dublin for this important investment," said John Kirwan, vice president of Global Customer Operations at Maxim Integrated. "We encourage collaboration between employees representing a wealth of diverse, global experiences, from recent graduates of local universities to veteran designers who have been in the industry for many years."

"Maxim's innovative IC designers create products that truly excite their design engineering customers and change everyday lives," said David Dwelley, chief technology officer at Maxim Integrated. "With this new facility, we plan to reinvent the way we develop technology and push innovation even further, giving our customers the products they need to succeed."


Development Insights for Maxim's Analog Portfolio

The decision to establish the Dublin design center suggests that Maxim intends to expand upon its current selection of analog products. The manufacturer just recently announced a set of new analog products, the MAX6078A, a voltage reference IC, the MAX16155 nanoPower supervisor, and the MAX16160, a voltage monitor and reset IC. The trio was developed for use in cloud infrastructure, IoT, intelligence-at-the-edge, on-device AI, as well as smart and emerging applications in the consumer communications, industrial and medical markets. 

With the introduction of new analog options. Maxim seems to be anticipating the current and future needs of designers in the area. The performance demands for analog systems will always be high, while essential functions like precise measurement and protection are expected. With those qualities in mind, as well as the consideration to allow designers the flexibility of working with various applications for their specific requirements and needs. 


Maxim Integrated representatives at an opening event for their Dublin design center.

From left to right: Maxim Integrated CTO David Dwelley; Jason Pearce, head of the company's new design center in Dublin; IDA Ireland vice-president of Enterprise Technology Catherine Howard; Maxim chief executive Tunc Doluca; Maxim vice-president of global customer operations John Kirwan; and IDA Ireland head of enterprise technology Donal Travers. Image used courtesy of The Irish Times.


Dublin's Response to the New Design Center

Maxim’s investment has been welcomed by Irish officials, too. A spokesperson for IDA Ireland, the state agency responsible for attracting multinationals such as Maxim, said that it was “delighted” that the company had decided to locate its design center in the Republic. The spokesperson added, “Tech talent and investment are integral to the company’s continued growth, and this investment will enhance the technology offering in the engineering and design space in Ireland."

Ireland has benefitted heavily from high-tech companies bringing their operations to the Republic. Official figures just released show that by the end of last year, these companies employed more than 127,000 people