AAC Technologies expands its global reach with opening of new MEMS microphone design centre in Edinburgh

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Colin Jenkins, who will lead the Edinburgh team

CHINESE smartphone component designer AAA Technologies is to set up an R&D centre in Edinburgh, creating up to 15 jobs in its first year.

AAC Technologies (Scotland) Ltd – based at Exchange Tower in the West End – will develop tiny MEMS microphone chips for the next generation of mobile devices.

Its aim will be to produce smaller, more reliable energy efficient microphones with better signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) for voice activated artificial intelligence technology.

AAC’s technology is used in devices made for Amazon, Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo.

The Edinburgh team will be led by R&D director Colin Jenkins, who will be joined by existing AAC staff and new members of staff

David Plekenpol, AAC chief strategy officer and chairman of the American & European region, said:  “As a globally focused and internationally diverse company, AAC is committed to developing system-level solutions across the world, wherever talent and expertise can be leveraged.

“The opening of Edinburgh strengthens our ability to continue developing innovative MEMS microphone solutions in an evolving mobile marketplace.”

AAC, which has its headquarters in Shenzhen, was founded in 1993 to make transducers, a key component of microphones.