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Fujitsu finds R&D partner to expand China operations

Posted: 13 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China market? R&D? MCUs?

Planning to boost its R&D capabilities in China, Fujitsu Electronic Devices Group Asia (EDGA) has announced a majority investment in R&D company Chengdu West Star Chips Co. Ltd.

As part of expansion plans derived from this investment, West Star has relocated to new premises to accommodate the expected expansion of its R&D team by over 300 engineers in the next three years.

With Fujitsu as a majority shareholder, West Star will be mainly engaged in research and design development of semiconductor devices for digital audio and video, MCUs and analog products. The investment will also help enhance and deepen the integration of Fujitsu's advanced and mature technologies.

With the collaboration, West Star will continue to enhance Fujitsu's offerings in multimedia imaging technology. In addition, it will also integrate Fujitsu's technical experience in MCUs and power management ICs. Taking advantage of the synergy in both companies' technology know-how, West Star will eventually develop complete solutions for DTV, consumer electronics, automotive applications and industrial control.

"Fujitsu has always been seeking projects that can coordinate with new developments in Central and Western China. Star in the future will become Fujitsu's most important R&D partner in Central and Western China, and the products it develops will also become a critical part of Fujitsu's comprehensive digital multimedia, microcontroller and analog product solutions. Fujitsu will keep strengthening its investment and market development in China mainland based on that," said Michael Shih, chairman and CEO of Fujitsu EDGA.

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