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Wednesday, 14 January 2009


Taoiseach Brian Cowen also used the trade mission to announce three Japanese R&D investments in Ireland.

Alps Electric
, which has a manufacturing operation in Millstreet, Co. Cork, will establish a design team to introduce new technology into the European Automotive market with the aim of being a market leader in terms of safety and driver interface. It will build significant technical capability and knowledge within the Irish operation and strengthen its position within the Alps group.

is collaborating with The Applied Optics Group in NUI, Galway in the area of imaging techniques. The Applied Optics Group leads in the field of novel imaging techniques and has a number of patents in this area. The Applied Optics Group is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

As part of a joint initiative with Sony, Toshiba and IBM, Trinity College, Dublin has been chosen as the location for a Research Centre into the Cell Broadband Engine, the powerful chip at the heart of the Sony Playstation 3. The centre will be located at Trinity’s Graphics, Vision and Visualisation (GV2) Research Group, which is funded by IDA and Enterprise Ireland. The Cell Broadband Engine is amongst the most powerful processors in the world as it deploys a unique multi-core architecture. As well as powering the Playstation 3 it is used in high-end Toshiba notebooks and a new range of blade servers for IBM. I am not sure that there is anything new in this announcement, which was first made in October.

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