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