Yahoo: The intention was announced a few weeks ago and today this has happened officially: Magnachip opens its new Image Signal Processing Advanced Research Center in Pasadena, California.
The new center is supposed to deliver next-generation image enhancement and processing technologies and architectures for CMOS image sensor customers, including mobile phones, PCs, notebook computers, and security. The new image processing techniques will be used in integrated, low-cost SoC solutions for next-generation small-pixel products.
I think the hidden agenda is to fish out ex-Micron employees who decided not to relocate to San Jose, where the main Aptina center is situated. Magnachip and especially Hynix can make a good use of these hard to get engineers.