Cirrus Moves, Expands Japanese Design Center

BOSTON (07/24/2000) - Chip-supplier Cirrus Logic Inc. recently moved its optical-storage design center to Ebina City, Japan, where the company added a team of audio design engineers in late June, Cirrus said Monday.

The design center had been located in Tokyo since 1993, but moved to Ebina City so that Cirrus engineers would have easier access to the customers, Philips Electronics NV, Sony Corp., Fujitsu Ltd., and Hitachi Ltd., said Cirrus spokeswoman Molly Muir.

Ten new engineers were hired from Ebina's "technical talent pool", and trained in Austin, Texas, at Cirrus' headquarters before they began work in Ebina in late June, according to Muir.

Cirrus hopes to not only increase their offering of audio products but also to tailor them to the Japanese market, according to a company statement. The optical division plans to continue work on optical storage devices such as a single-chip DVD ROM.

Cirrus Logic, in Austin, can be reached at +1-512-445-7222 or http://www.cirrus.com/.

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