Let’s go inside Samsung’s new Silicon Valley headquarters

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung Opens new Silicon Valley Office.

Samsung officially opened the doors to its new 1.1-million-square-foot Silicon Valley offices Thursday, more than 30 years after its arrival in the San Jose tech corridor in 1983.Currently home to 700 employees but with space for 2,000, Samsung’s increased presence in the area is likely to have nearby tech firms nervously wondering if they’re about to lose some of their best engineers to the Korean firm. The building will house various research labs dedicated to semiconductors, LEDs and displays, staff in sales and marketing, and other support areas, the company said. “[We are] laying the groundwork for a more aggressive pace of growth over the next several decades,” said Samsung’s chief executive, Dr. Samsung hasn’t had a fantastic year this year, and even dating back to 2014, they haven’t been doing as well as they had in the previous few years.

Amenities include a star-shaped cafeteria, sports facilities, and so-called “chill zones.” Samsung says the complex, which includes gardens and open-air spaces within the main building, has been specially designed to “increase collaboration by encouraging more spontaneous encounters between staff, while also bringing nature closer to the workplace to increase employees’ contentment and creativity.” The campus, which took two years to build, will focus mainly on R&D work and sales operations for the firm’s U.S. semiconductor business, whose current customers include the likes of Apple and Nvidia. Mere miles from Apple’s own HQ, the facility signifies Samsung’s increased efforts to mix in the same circles as locally established tech giants, including Google and Facebook — and hopefully further stoke those innovation fires. Meanwhile, the company’s president of its U.S.-based device solutions operations, Jaesoo Han, said that the move “represents a major milestone as we open our most strategically important Samsung facility in the U.S., and also our biggest investment in Silicon Valley.” Deserving university students who are currently enrolled in STEM-focused programs at a California State or University of California school will benefit from this program, beginning with a $50,000 gift to San Jose State University this year. Earlier this week, Samsung unveiled its new fonts-inspired Serif TVs, and shared more about how it relies on startups to stay ahead on technological innovation.

After Intel, Samsung is the world’s biggest chip maker, so the company will be keenly looking for new related opportunities in the Silicon Valley area and beyond. But the announcement of the new office has been largely overshadowed by news in virtual reality today: We reported that the Samsung Gear VR will launch as a consumer product this November for $99.

Silicon Valley has lately been a talk of town everywhere and amidst the impending high profile visit by Indian PM in the Bay area, now Samsung has officially entered the region with its new office in Silicon Valley. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you. By unifying its development teams under one roof, Samsung is hoping to improve communication between divisions and spur on a little extra innovation and creativity.

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