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Austin's Seoul Connection: Javelin Lands Samsung Contract


A small Austin-based technology company, Javelin Semiconductor, has landed its largest contract to date – thanks to a burgeoning relationship between Central Texas and South Korea.

Javelin Semiconductor was picked to produce a power amplifier for Samsung’s new Galaxy S Duos. Robert Wagner, a spokesperson for Javelin, partially credits the company’s continued partnership with Samsung to Austin’s connection to Seoul, South Korea.

“There’s a good relationship in general between Austin companies and Samsung in Korea. So we get some good recognition from the Korean side of Samsung, that we’re this Austin company and they’ve had good success with other local Austin companies like Silicon Labs.”

The Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Susan Davenport agrees. Davenport says that in addition to the success of local companies, the University of Texas has been influential in building Austin’s cluster of technology and talent – which companies like Samsung are now enjoying.  

“We think UT is critical to that component both from graduates they put out, the research they do, the collaboration throughout the community with the tech ecosystem at large and really being just a major driver in the region of developing that ecosystem, from all fronts.”

John Sibley Buttler, the director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, feels strongly that UT’s influence is felt throughout the tech community, stating that there are more UT alumni working in the tech field than any other university.

Samsung recently announced a $4 billion investment into its Austin production facility – the largest single foreign investment ever made in Texas.

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