Karl Song, Huawei France

Unique in France (and in Europe), the Sophia Antipolis research and development centre aims to improve the quality of the cameras in Huawei handsets and plans to develop the group’s expertise in the field of microelectronics and software. It is consistent with the R&D strategy in Europe, to place our teams as close to the markets as possible.

Our centre will complete the works to prepare the electronics of the future and improve ease of use. For example, because camera quality is today one of the key criteria when purchasing smart phones, we have set up a team of experts to oversee image processing so that Huawei builds the best “ISP” (Image Signal Processor) on the global smart phone market.

This centre definitely has a global vocation and works hand in hand with our R&D centre in Beijing.

It quickly became apparent to us that Sophia Antipolis is a unique pool of talent in software and electronics and we began by hiring 8 engineers from Texas Instruments. We have continued to recruit engineers from the region and hope to recruit a further ten people by the end of 2014.

We were quick to find the talents and skills that we needed and had to move to bigger offices just a few months after our arrival!

We have received the best possible support from Team Cote d’Azur, led by Jacques Lesieur’s teams, in terms of our premises, connecting to the ecosystem and of course recruitment.

We were delighted to meet a delegation from Team Cote d’Azur with Mr Eric Ciotti at our head office in Shenzhen, which helped to strengthen links and improve the understanding of our respective environments. This is only a first step in our development in Sophia and I have no doubt that this is the beginning of a great story.

Karl Song, Managing Director – 2014, Huawei France

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