Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced that it has expanded and relocated its design center from Tokyo to Ebina City in the Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.
The company will add new audio design engineers to the team and is also increasing the number of engineers working on its optical storage applications in Japan. Cirrus Logic is also working to establish a local presence for audio design applications and be closer to customers and distributors.
"These actions will strengthen our presence in this strategic market," said David French, president and chief executive of Cirrus Logic, in statement.
"Establishing audio design capabilities in Japan will allow us to increase our audio product offering and to specialize product development for the Japanese audio market," added Jason Carlson, vice president and general manager for the Consumer Products Division at Cirrus, Austin, Texas.
The Japan Design Center was established in 1993 as Cirrus Logic K.K. in order to develop semiconductors for the optical storage market and helped develop products for the CD-ROM, CD-RW (CD-rewritable) and DVD markets. Until May of this year, the design center was located within the Japan sales and marketing operation of Cirrus Logic Inc. in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
The Ebina location was selected because of its proximity to leading Japanese customers and to a large pool of technical talent, Cirrus said. The design center will create approximately 20 to 30 new jobs during the next three years. The design center has easy access to the transportation infrastructure, as well as being close to the Japanese manufacturing sites of Sony, JVC, Hitachi and Fujitsu.