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New company to develop future Nikon firmware

By dpreview staff on Jul 2, 2009 at 13:51 GMT

Firmware development for all Nikon digital cameras and interchangeable lenses will now be undertaken by a new company named Nikon Imaging Systems. The new company is a joint venture between Fujitsu Broad Solution & Consulting Inc. and Nikon Systems, a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation. The initial investment will be around $1m and the company will employ 100 people.

70% of the initial ¥95m ($989,000) capital and 4 board members will come from Nikon Systems with 1 board member and the remaining 30% of the investment coming from Fujitsu BSC. The new company will begin operations next month.

Press Release:

Nikon Systems Inc. and Fujitsu Broad Solution & Consulting Inc. establish a joint company

June 30, 2009: Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) announces that Nikon Systems Inc. (Masao Hagimoto, President), a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, and Fujitsu Broad Solution & Consulting Inc. (Takao Kaneko, President; hereafter, Fujitsu BSC) establish a new joint company, named "Nikon Imaging Systems Inc.". The company will be solely responsible for the firmware development in Nikon digital cameras. Nikon Imaging Systems Inc. will initiate operations in August 2009.

Firmware is the software built into devices that provides fundamental control over hardware. As the performance of digital devices becomes higher, so does the importance of firmware. To date, all firmware installed in Nikon digital cameras has been developed by Nikon Corporation and its subsidiary, Nikon Systems Inc.

The new company is dedicated exclusively to the firmware development for Nikon digital cameras. The objective of the company will be to proceed with the establishment of firmware platforms and to accelerate the speed and quality of firmware development by merging the long experienced mechatronics control and image processing technologies established in Nikon Corporation and Nikon Systems Inc. with the software technology, know-how, and resources provided by Fujitsu BSC.

Outline of the New Company

Name of the company Nikon Imaging Systems Inc.
Date of establishment Scheduled for July 1, 2009
Start of operations Scheduled for August 1, 2009
Location of head office 6-3, Nishi-Ohi 1-chome, Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo
President Toshiyuki Tsukiji
Capital ¥95,000,000
Ratio of investment • 70% from Nikon Systems Inc.
• 30% from Fujitsu BSC
Board structure • 4 officers from Nikon Corporation/Nikon Systems Inc.
• 1 officer from Fujitsu BSC
Number of employees Approximately 100
Main business Development of firmware for Nikon digital cameras and interchangeable lenses

Outline of Fujitsu BSC

Location of head office 2-3-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
President Takao Kaneko
Consolidated sales ¥33,822,000,000 (as of fiscal year ending March 31, 2009)
Number of employees 1,877 (as of March 31, 2009)
Main business Software development and sales of software services and solutions

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