Samsung Opens New Offices in Silicon Valley

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Samsung on Thursday officially opened its newest US offices, giving the company a bigger presence in Silicon Valley.

“We really want to leverage the [new site] as the foundation for our presence in Silicon Valley,” Jim Elliott, corporate vice president of memory marketing at Samsung, said Thursday during the company’s opening ceremony.

The $300 million campus, located north of downtown San Jose, houses research and development and sales operations for Samsung’s US semiconductor business, which counts Apple, Nvidia and other companies among its customers. Samsung is the world’s biggest vendor of memory chips and the second-biggest processor maker overall after Intel.

Global architecture firm NBBJ designed the 1.1 million-square-foot site, located about 12 miles from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. The facility includes a 10-story office tower, seven-story parking garage and a green space that links the campus together. “The design seeks to encourage interaction among staff, foster connections with the community and provide a space to attract employees in the highly competitive tech market,” Samsung said on a website about its new campus.

The company broke ground in mid-2013. The campus consolidates more than 700 Samsung employees into one location, and the company can ultimately base up to 2,000 workers there.

The electronics giant opened the offices during a ceremony with Oh-Hyun Kwon, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and co-CEO; Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose; and Chuck Reed, the former mayor of San Jose.

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SOURCE: Cnet, Shara Tibken