MegaChips is responsible for gaining a reputation as a good company from surrounding stakeholders.
We respect the human rights and culture of each employee, providing them with fields of opportunity and growth regardless of their nationality, gender, age, and other diverse backgrounds.
MegaChips is working to create not only a framework that allows its female employees to play an active role, thereby developing their careers and exercising their leadership skills, but also a work environment in which all employees, regardless of gender, can balance work and life while demonstrating their abilities.
“Make Our Own Paths” Project
・Enhance the ability to think about how one wants to be and what one wants to do
- Decide on one’s own career plan
・Design life and career plan
・Commit oneself to the career plan
- Management perspective
・The importance of thinking from the standpoint of the organization or company, surpassing the scope of one’s own job
The women’s program offers an opportunity to think about career and work, providing opportunities for the empowerment of female employees such as improving skills in leadership and addressing health issues.
Work Style Reform
Act on our own thoughts and will, and contribute to the company through our work (One of the 3 self-reliance principles of MegaChips)
MegaChips considers that a transition to a work style with high value-added productivity is essential to enhance the significance of a company’s existence in society. Furthermore, a balance between work and life is important for a diverse workforce to flourish. In order to bring reform to the way we work that aligns with these objectives, we are actively working to create an environment where employees can utilize their individuality and skills.
Internal programs to promote diversified working styles and participant testimonials
Example of paternity leave
Voice of employee (Male, 30s, 3rd year with the company)
It was a period of time when I came to the full realization of what is important for me. When I've considered taking the paternity leave, I felt uncomfortable to ask my co-workers to do things for me and felt frustrated that I could not follow through. However, my colleagues repeatedly encouraged me to try it and as a result, I could experience an irreplaceable time in my life. I’ve learned a lot of new things and made wonderful memories during paternity leave, which I could not even imagine it was for a couple of months. Those were the days filled with happiness. For those who will have an opportunity to receive child leave, I would strongly recommend them to take it. And I will work hard both in my professional and private life so that I can support my colleagues.
Work from Home/Nursing Care
Example of childcare and caregiving while working from home
Voice of employee (Male, 50s, 9th year with the company)
I am currently looking after my father who lives alone. He goes to the senior day care center every day, and it takes around 2 hours each time to send him off, clean, do laundry, as well as commute myself, so I am utilizing the company’s work from home program. I have prepared myself for the day that I would take care of my father, but it takes more than I’ve expected. Without the work from home program, I would never have been able to keep working so I really appreciate it.
Work from Home/Complete Flextime
Example of maintaining a work-life balance with work from home and complete flextime
Voice of employee (Female, 30s, 14th year with the company)
When I returned to work from my maternity leave, I had a chance to think deeply about why I work. Based on that, I was able to discuss with my company how I can keep working, ideally for a long time, without difficulty and they offered me flexible support. Even if it is unprecedented, we can try as long as it is a positive request. This is the good thing about MegaChips.
Example of preparing for a second career by choosing a 75% work style
Voice of employee (Male, 50s, 9th year with the company)
I’ve chosen this program as a preparation period because I want to start a new career after retirement. Even though this is the preparation period, I am very happy that I can start designing a specific life plan with a clear vision while I still have my willingness and motivation to go through trial-and-errors. Starting a new life brings me the opportunity to have new relationships with outside people. The future plan that has been a bit vague is becoming more specific, and I feel happy that I could get started on a new challenge. As for work, I can take a fresh look at it and see how I can contribute to the team and the company. Now I’m having fulfilling days, both in my professional life and private life.
Example of having a second job
Voice of employee (Male, 40s, 16th year with the company)
I currently run a business as a self-employed person using the second-job program.
I truly feel that I am being able to expand my perspective by using this program. The knowledge and experience are one thing, but personally, the biggest advantage is that I can broaden my network. In every job, human-to-human interactions are fundamental, so broadening connections with people can help me enhance my work at MegaChips.
When asked “What are the best things in life?” Shindo answers, “Keep challenging yourself”. He believes that real happiness is “Sticking to what you want to do”, so “If you find something you really want to do, do it so you have no regrets” (From the extra edition of founder’s history, interview with Shindo).
Support of Youth with Enthusiasm for Leading Future Generations
The seeds of new technologies emerge from the next generation.
With fierce technological competition around the world, nurturing and enhancing the human resources who will lead next-generation innovation is a critical social issue. The declining birthrate is getting worse every year, and a decrease in the number of children interested in science in Japan is leading to a deterioration in competitiveness of the national industry. We support youth who have selected their paths as science and engineering, and contribute to improving the competitiveness of Japan’s industry.
Support for graduate schools and research students
We support young researchers in the electronics field, offering opportunities and improving study environments so that they can focus on the research and development of advanced technologies.
Support for students going to junior high school and high school (Grant-type scholarship from the Shindo Memorial Foundation established by the founder of MegaChips)
We support and offer scholarships to the students in single-parent families in Osaka Prefecture who have outstanding academic results and good behavior for the purpose of developing future human resources and contributing to the society.
We provide grant-type scholarships to those who go to junior high school and high school with no repayment obligation so they can devote themselves to studying.
Joint Project with Universities
We pursue the creation of new social value through joint research with universities. We develop human resources in the global fields while contributing to solve social and regional issues.
MegaChips puts effort into collaborations with domestic and foreign universities, taking on the challenge of creating new innovations that contribute to solving worldwide social problems.
In the industrial equipment field, the utilization of IoT has progressed in various areas including logistics, manufacturing automation, and electricity smart grids. IoT is also expected to contribute to the revolutionization of the industry market.
Also, in the AI field, AI technology is rapidly becoming widespread, such as being incorporated into robot autonomous driving. And it is going to continue being adopted in various broad applications within a wide range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, medical, agriculture, and vehicles, with the expectation of bringing about transformation to society.
In addition to in-house development, we will continue the challenge of creating innovation through collaborations with domestic and foreign universities as a comprehensive initiative to create new values.
Santa Clara University (SCU)
We have launched a joint project in the field of robotics with the SCU Robotic Systems Laboratory (SCU), a research institute at Santa Clara University, in anticipation of the coming era in which robots will be utilized.
Preparation of Environment Dedicated to Research and Development with the Latest Equipment
SCU promotes research and development of functional materials, devices, and systems of 100 nm or less, including the possession of a high-resolution electron scanning microscope. In addition, SCU offers a supportive environment for researchers, with such things as a newly constructed STEM building equipped with tools and machines to create the equipment and instruments necessary for conducting research and development.
Professor Kitts’ Lab Mentors Engineers through “Hands-on Development”
The laboratory of Dr. Kitts, a professor at Santa Clara University and director of SCU, emphasizes hands-on development that not only creates prototypes with a development concept and target, but also uses the deadlines and quality requirements of companies. By mastering the development process at companies in this way, students will gradually evolve into full-fledged engineers.
Joint Research with SCU on Recognition and Control Technology
In collaboration with Professor Kitts’ laboratory, MegaChips has embarked on the development of the basic technology for “Cobot”, a robot that supports human work at factories, construction sites, farms, livestock farms, and other production sites. Currently, as a control technology for “Cobot”, we are developing a system utilizing AI technology that allows robots to recognize human gestures and perform corresponding actions.
Development of “Cobot” Control Platform to Launch New Businesses
In the future, MegaChips plans to increase the components of the basic technology for “Cobot” and offer our own platform populated with a library of “Cobot” controls. By allowing customers in the robotics industry to use this platform, we will generate a wide range of new businesses by expanding not only the ASIC/ASSP business, but also by developing embedded modules and application software.
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Purpose of Research
MegaChips is promoting edge AI as a new business to achieve a sustainable society. We have embarked on collaborative research with the Nara Institute of Science and Technology regarding “high-speed robot controls by applying Spiking Neural Networks (SNN) to high-scan-rate 3D sensors”.
Background of Project Launch
The edge AI that MegaChips is working on aims AI branded sensors equipped with the AI process. The data is then processed by the edge device into information required for the robotic system, which is then passed on to the controller. By doing so, the entire system’s transmission volume can be reduced, resulting in an overall improvement of the speed and latency. Especially in the industrial and FA fields, high-speed and low-latency systems are desired for use cases, such as with robotic arms and automated guided vehicles. In relation to these industrial and FA fields, we are starting research about AI-based action planning and the high-speed control design of robots, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of safety and work efficiency for robotic and other systems.
Our goal is to establish technology for the high-speed control (reflexive motion) of robots and provide technical feedback to our products to improve the advantage of our business.
- Application of low power consumption and high-speed processing AI HW by SNN to robots
- Investigation of quantization algorithm for model reduction and its application to reinforcement learning
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Purpose of Research
We are promoting business expansion in the growing markets of AI, robotics, and other fields. In collaboration with Tokyo Metropolitan University, we have commenced research on initiatives related to “Robot Intelligence Innovation Based on Local 5G for Super Real-Time Tracking” to create a highly advanced, networked society in which everything is connected to the web and equipped with AI technology.
Background of Joint Research
The high-performance, compact, and ultra-low power consumption technology of edge AI that we are working on can contribute to the automation and autonomy of robots, such as with personal mobility and automated guided vehicles. MegaChips is also participating in a consortium for a local 5G project. We aim to strategically launch and grow new businesses by building trust with new partners through proactive communication and the acquisition of new knowledge in the robotics field, where the market is expected to expand.
In collaboration with the consortium members, we will identify issues and study prototyping for social implementation. MegaChips is responsible for the systematizing infrastructure and will take on the challenge of achieving a society in which intelligent technology and robotic technology are integrated.
We contribute to the industrial growth in Japan through the creation of new markets to challenge the development of cutting-edge technology.