Dell recently laid off 20 to 30 people in a product development group in program management, engineering and software testing roles in a bid for increased efficiency, a spokesman said.
The layoffs came as a result of consolidation within the company's Texas facilities, the spokesman said. About 140 people have recently left Dell due to performance reviews and other routine turnover. The company employs about 39,100 workers worldwide.
Dell laid off several thousand workers in 2001.
The company declined to comment on reports that its Taiwan Design Center has plans to hire about the same number of employees. Taiwanese companies have been hoping to land more design work from large vendors, rather than serving as the manufacturing hubs for those companies. Hewlett-Packard recently moved some design work from China and Singapore to Taiwan.