Konica last week opened a new $1 million Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design centre, where Australian designed chips will be created and eventually used in Konica's global product line.
The facility has been established within Konica's Sydney-based Asia-Pacific regional headquarters as part of the company's agreement with the Australian Government.
Konica's senior design engineer, Hajime Osaki, has been brought out from Japan to head the facility for two years, as well as recruit and train local engineers.
Konica officials claim the ASIC design centre is one of the leading facilities of its kind in Australia, and represents an opportunity for the vendor to transfer technology between Japan and Australia, as well as locally based design work.
A Konica spokesman indicated that unofficial contact between Konica other vendors had been made, with regards to the possibilities of non-Konica chip design being conducted within the new centre.
"We'll be a resource that will be used by others," he said.
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