Dublin mobile player locates stg£2.7 million R&D operation in Belfast

2 Feb 2010

A Dublin mobile technology company has set up a stg£2.7-million R&D centre in Belfast with the backing of Invest NI. The company’s technology allows mobile operators to allow users to capture and share high-definition video.

Award-winning Movidius, which is located at ECIT (Electronics, Communications and Information Technology Institute) in Titanic Quarter, will provide nine high-quality jobs for research engineers in the highly advanced area of silicon-chip technology over the next 18 months.

Movidius is applying revolutionary technology to enable manufacturers of mobile phones and other hand-held devices to offer customers the ability to capture, view and edit high-resolution video, directly on their handset, for sharing with family, friends and others on social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and You Tube.

Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI chief executive, said: “This project is focused on highly innovative technology which will position Northern Ireland at the forefront of next generation mobile communications.

“This is industry-shaping technology with immense potential in the global marketplace. It represents a quantum leap in the multimedia functionality of mobile devices using silicon technology that also increases the appeal of such devices to customers through significant savings in costs and power consumption.

“The investment is another substantial boost for our strategic focus on attracting projects from globally focused and entrepreneurial businesses with innovative technology.

Movidius will provide high-value jobs and strengthen our technology base particularly in the dynamic and fast-moving mobile communications industry,” he added.

Sean Mitchell, Movidius’ CEO, said the company’s strategic focus is on the design and development of original technologies, such as its multi-core Myriad platform, which allow mobile-phone manufacturers to provide their users with superb mobile video and photo experiences.

“The new Belfast centre, which we selected because of the availability of engineering professionals, particularly those with experience in embedded software and System on Chip (SoC) design and development, will develop sophisticated imaging software and semiconductor technology to expand our Myriad-based product offerings for a rapidly growing market.

“ECIT is an ideal location for our leading-edge work in micro-processing technology because of its proven track record of success, its world class expertise in technologies, including SoC systems, for a wide range of industries and partnerships with global IT businesses,” Mitchell said.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Movidius is located at Queen’s University’s ECIT building in Belfast

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years