Xperi to create engineering positions after opening new Galway office
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Xperi to create engineering positions after opening new Galway office

4 Sep 2019388 Views

The tech company has been expanding its base in Ireland since 2007, and is now focusing on research and development operations.

Xperi, a Silicon Valley-based technology company with two subsidiaries in Ireland – FotoNation in Galway and DTS in Limerick – celebrated the official opening of its new office in Galway today (4 September).

The company is also working to expand its local engineering talent around high-potential growth initiatives, including premium audio, computational imaging, computer vision and machine learning capabilities.

These investments are expected to result in at least 50 new Ireland-based engineering positions over the next several years, with further R&D investment expected down the line, contributing additional employment opportunities in the country.

Xperi creates technology solutions to improve smart device UX for people around the world. It employs around 700 people globally, with operations in the US, Romania, South Korea, China, Japan and Ireland, among other countries.

In 2007, Xperi established DTS Licensing Ltd in Limerick, which operates as the company’s international audio licensing headquarters and currently employs 15 people. With its acquisition of FotoNation Ltd in 2008, Xperi added a second office in Ireland.

The new Galway office will be a “key innovation hub” for Xperi. Ireland serves as the company’s European headquarters, providing essential support to teams across its sales, operations and finance functions in the UK, France, Germany and Romania, as well as servicing its international customer base.

Galway hub

Speaking at the office opening, Xperi’s CEO, Jon Kirchner, said: “Xperi is a company driven by innovation as we tirelessly reimagine what is possible from intelligent, integrated and immersive technology operating at the edge. Our smarter technology enables extraordinary experiences through the sharpest images, most powerful sound and highest-quality content delivered seamlessly to consumer devices and used every day around the world.

“With the creation of an innovation hub in Galway, we are investing in the future to fuel our competitive and innovative edge.”

Sean Kyne, TD, commented: “Xperi’s decision to expand in Galway is a further boost to the ICT cluster that we have and enhances Galway’s reputation as a global hub for the development of some of the most exciting and innovative technological products and services.

“I know the proximity of both NUI Galway and GMIT proves vital in the decision to establish or expand in the West. I wish FotoNation and Xperi the very best for their future in Galway, and I commend the team at the IDA for their continuing efforts to secure such important investment.”

IDA Ireland’s executive director, Mary Buckley, added: “Supporting the R&D activities of our client companies is of strategic importance to IDA Ireland.  The choice of Ireland for these highly skilled roles by an innovator like Xperi is an endorsement of the talented workforce here.”

By Lisa Ardill

Lisa joined the team as senior Careers reporter in July 2019 having worked previously in communications for a digital content technology research centre and in media for Science Foundation Ireland. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. In no particular order, her passions include feminism, human rights, literature, her bichon frise and proper use of the Oxford comma. She likes to both read and write poetry.

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