Profile and History

MegaChips at a Glance (as of June 30, 2016)

Company Name

MegaChips Corporation

Date Founded

April 4, 1990

President & CEO

Akira Takata  

Date of Settlement of Accounts

March 31 of each year


4,840 million yen

Number of Employees

925 (as of the end of March 2016 on a consolidated basis)

Business Activities

Design, development, manufacturing (outsourcing) and sales of system LSIs, and electronic devices and systems products with LSIs manufactured by the Company


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

Management Philosophy

Transform the world we live in by enabling everyday life through innovation with technology, that is designed for people and engineered for performance.

MegaChips' Mission

Help people achieve healthier, safer and more fulfilling lives while protecting the global environment, based on sophisticated technological capabilities.

  • Treasure customers and partners through strong relationships andmutual trust.
  • Encourage entrepreneurship, gather wisdom and display collective strength.
  • Emphasize creativity and innovation, and continually seek to take on new challenges.
  • Make timely decisions, and execute them with speed.
  • Clarify objectives, goals and authority, and enforce them with trust and solidarity.
  • Emphasize personal initiative, and tolerate constructive errors.
  • Constantly look to the future, and make a total commitment of intellect and wisdom.

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 

Design Centers

Bangalore, Makuhari, Osaka, San Jose, Taipei, Tel Aviv

Why MegaChips ASIC?

Advanced ASIC Technology

  • Advanced ASIC Technology:
    • SerDes, including Patented Adaptive Receive Equalization, CEI 11G/6G & lower-speed SerDes, Fast-lock CDR for PON, PCI Express
    • Low-power design techniques, including voltage islands and clock gating
    • Broad IP portfolio, including ARM, MIPS, Ceva DSPs, StarCore DSPs, Sonics, SafeNet, Embedded TCAM, SPI4.2
    • Hierarchical design flow for multi-million gate designs
    • Advanced testing, including high-speed at-speed and delay fault
    • Topaz computing sub-system
  • Affordable:
    • Highly efficient manufacturing, focused on core competencies
    • Economies-of-scale via large unit volumes shipped to consumer and LCD display customers