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Profile and History

MegaChips at a Glance (as of January 5, 2021)

Company Name MegaChips Corporation
Date Founded April 4, 1990
President & CEO Tetsuo Hikawa
Date of Settlement of Accounts March 31 of each year
Capital 4,840 million yen
Number of Employees 389 (as of the end of September 2020 on a consolidated basis)
Business Activities Provide total solution from design and development to manufacturing for State-of-the-art LSIs by full use of our unique analog and digital technologies.

Head Office

Shin-Osaka Hankyu Building 1-1-1 Miyahara, Yodogawa-ku Osaka 532-0003



Tokyo Office

17-6 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0082



Makuhari Office

1-3 Nakase, Mihama-ku Chiba 261-8501



Global Network Please see Global Network
Notable Milestones
  • 1990: Founded as a division of Kawasaki Steel
  • 1997: Decided to adopt the fabless ASIC supplier business model; established relationship with Chartered
  • 1999: Added UMC as a foundry
  • 2001: K-micro spun-off from Kawasaki Steel, becoming an independent company
  • 2002: Added TSMC as a foundry
  • 2003: Added Chinese foundry He Jian
  • 2004: Adopted consistent worldwide name and brand and expanded into Europe
  • 2005: Released the Topaz Development system
  • 2006: India Branch opened
  • 2008 Released the CatsEye Development system
  • 2009 10G SERDES for EPON OLT released
  • 2011 sample world’s first IEEE 1901 fully compliant power line communication LSI chip set
  • 2012 MegaChips acquires K-micro
  • 2013
    • K-micro changes name to MegaChips Technology America Corporation
    • MegaChips Taiwan Corporation is established as regional headquarters in Asia.
  • 2014
    • MegaChips Taiwan makes Modiotek Co., Ltd. a subsidiary.
    • MegaChips Technology America Corporation acquires DisplayPort business from STMicroelectronics.
    • MegaChips acquires SiTime Corporation and enters into timing device market.
  • 2019
    • MegaChips transfers its System Product Division to Sense Things Japan INC., a consolidated subsidiary of Mamezou Holdings
      Co., LTD.
    • SiTime Corporation was listed on the NASDAQ Global Market
  • 2020: MegaChips LSI USA Corporation started a business activity as a sales base of North America.

MegaChips Identity

Management philosophy

Three Commitments

  • “Innovation” : Innovative ideas, methods and practices to fuel our growth
  • “Trust”         : Be a trustworthy partner with customers and suppliers
  • “Creation”    : Create products that benefit society

Management principles

  1. Happy, passionate, and satisfied employees are the core of our success
  2. Remain an independent leader in the dynamic industry

Code of Conduct


  1. Be proactive, take ownership, and follow through with your commitments
  2. Make timely decisions and take quick actions


  1. Use collaboration and teamwork for the success of company
  2. Use our diversity to enhance our creativity


  1. Challenge conventional thinking
  2. Think how we can do it, not why we cannot do it

Management Policies

The company is managed by democratic leadership

  1. Share information freely, within the limits of confidentiality constraints
  2. Consult others and make informed decisions

People are our most valued resource

  1. Promote personal and professional growth for our people
  2. Inspire our people to take chances and think outside the box

MegaChips mission

Help people achieve safety, security, and fulfilling lives, while protecting the global environment, based on sophisticated technological capabilities.

Corporate vision

To be a global enterprise that “continues providing systems solutions in addition to the creation of new applications.”

About MegaChips

Enabling everyday life through innovation, MegaChips is a semiconductor leader whose technology transforms the world we live in by helping each one of us achieve healthier, safer and more fulfilling lives. Leveraging decades of technology excellence, partnerships and acquisitions, we are shaping the next wave of the digital revolution, adding significant value for businesses and consumers in the areas of Internet of Things, displays, enterprise, and mobile computing all around the world.

Research and Development

Creating Unique Products by Fusing Analog and  Digital Technologies

MegaChips meets customers’ needs based on its proprietary technologies and the research and development of applied technologies to distinguish its products from those of competitors.

To ensure our superiority and uniqueness through research and development, we promote the protection of our own intellectual property rights.

Graphic Development and solution capabilities

R&D Policy:

Provide system LSIs and solutions with our unique analog, digital, and MEMS technologies.

Business Development based on our Unique Technology

Leading the trend towards more compact sized LSIs

Graphic showing size of microchip

Smaller circuits offer many advantages for our customers, including energy savings and broader applications.

The major strength of MegaChips lies in business development based on proprietary technologies.

On the basis of the unique algorithms*1 and architectures*2 we have developed and accumulated over many years in these areas, we are researching and developing basic and applied technologies to achieve differentiation and respond to the medium and long-term needs of customers. Thus, we can implement cutting-edge functions that are out of the reach of other companies and can quickly and efficiently provide our corporate customers with ultra-small system LSIs featuring low power consumption.

  • *1An algorithm is a set of steps, procedures or methods to process data.
  • *2 A structure refers to a hardware or software configuration for the implementation of an algorithm.

Major R&D themes

Development of LSI products

Downsized Circuits
  • High-speed communication technology for automotive and industrial equipment
  • MEMS timing devices
  • LSI for wired (coaxial and power line) multi-hop communications
  • Analog front-end LSI
  • Smart Connectivity LSI (DisplayPort)
  • Timing controller LSI for liquid crystal panels
  • LSI for storing game software for game consoles

Intellectual Property Strategy

Since MegaChips is a fabless manufacturer, our unique ideas, expertise, and other intellectual properties derived from R&D activities constitute the foundation of our competitive advantage. Accordingly, protecting our intellectual property rights will lead to greater competitiveness and growth potential.

We have filed patent applications such as high-speed wired communication, MEMS oscillator, data transfer and control for Smart Connectivity (DisplayPort), security for game consoles and image recognition.

Patent Applications and Registrations by Region *1

Patent Applications and Registrations by Region

  • *1The number of cases shown are the cumulative total as of the end of March 2019.
  • *2“Others” denotes the number of applications for patents that are valid under international patent treaties in multiple countries where MegaChips may begin operations in the future.

Proprietary Technology

MegaChips provides innovative products utilizing our advanced technology and algorithms MegaChips is a fabless manufacturer with an edge in its product planning and design capabilities. Out own technologies are significant assets and a source of its competitiveness.

We provide solutions to solve customer problems by our core technologies based on original algorithms developed over many years. Our technology-based system LSIs as well as the modules, software and system products contribute to the development of unique products and to the differentiation of customers’ products.

Lineup of our technologies

The following shows some of our key technologies for solutions to issues sought by customers.

  Technology Applications
Image processing technology MPEG-4, H.264, H.263 Cell phones, TV sets, DVD recorder
JPEG XR, JPEG 2000, JPEG Digital camera, security
Image sensor signal processing Digital camera, Camcorder
Audio processing technology G.723.1 compression and decompression Cell phones
AAC, MP3 compression and decompression Cell phones, Digital TV sets
Communications technology Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) Digital terrestrial TV broadcasting
Spread Spectrum Communication (SSC) Wireless communication, wireless local area network (WLAN)
PLC,ZigBee,IEEE802.15.4g Sensor network
Wireless/power-line hybrid communications CMOS analog circuit technology Broadband/narrowband analog front end Sensor network
Cryptography Secure communication
Ultra high speed serial data communications (SerDes; Serializer/Deserializer) Network equipment
Ultra high speed analog data communications (AFE: Analog Front-End) Home network
Liquid crystal panel technology Image compression TV sets, computers, tablets
High speed image transmission TV sets, computers, tablets
Others Error correction Memory control
Analog signal processing Acoustic emission (AE) sensors and other sensors