Philips is increasing the number of software development staff at its Bangalore research and development centre from 1,600 to 2,500 by the end of 2007.
The Bangalore facility already contributes around a third of the software content in Philips’ products and this proportion is set to increase markedly with the centre’s expansion.
The centre’s work includes designing chips that go into mobile phones and TVs.
Philip's decision to expand its operations in India comes after similar recent announcements from IBM, SAP, Alcatel and Microsoft.
Philips has not said whether its Indian expansion will reduce the number of software developers it employs in Europe.