Big investment announced for Midlothian research centre

Charles Darwin House, Edinburgh Technopole, where the research centre is based.
Charles Darwin House, Edinburgh Technopole, where the research centre is based.

US tech firm Xilinx Inc is to invest £3.8 million in its specialist research centre at the Edinburgh Technopole, Bush Estate, near Penicuik.

The centre will also be supported by a £1.01 million research and development grant through Scottish Enterprise, creating 12 new jobs and protecting 30 existing jobs. Xilinx Scotland will develop technologies for communications applications, specifically targeting 5G opportunities and aims to establish itself as a centre of excellence and a leading developer of new products for future communications systems.

Dr Colin Carruthers, director of Xilinx Scotland, said: “We are very excited to be at the centre of this truly innovative research and development. This is a unique opportunity to define and develop the technologies that will enable next generation wireless communication devices. Scotland has a long history of invention and innovation, and it is a privilege to be able to help architect the communication platforms of the future.”

Dr Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “Xilinx’s success is testament to Scotland’s world leading highly educated and skilled workforce.”