AUSTIN TX. — Dell, which operates its largest computer manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, N.C., is bolstering its development efforts by hiring an additional 500 engineers, the world’s largest PC maker said on Monday.

The jobs will be added at its development center in Texas.

“This year Dell will have the most technically advanced product line in our company’s history,” said Chairman Michael Dell. “The additional development expertise we’re announcing today for our Austin Design Center reflects our concept of Dell 2.0, an initiative to revitalize every part of our business with engineering excellence at its core. No other company in our industry has a greater commitment to innovation in computing.”

More than 500 people now work at the Winston-Salem plant, which manufactures both PCs and servers.