Xiaomi's presence in the European market has grown significantly over the last few months. Now the group is also moving part of the smartphone development to Europe, as shown by the opening of a research and development department for various smartphone camera technologies in Tampere, Finland.
Tampere is located in the south of Finland, just over two hours drive north of the capital Helsinki. More specifically, in the district of Hervanta, Xiaomi has today opened a European research and development department for smartphone camera technologies. Xiaomi wants to focus in Finland on the development of camera algorithms, machine learning, signal processing and image and video processing.
Xiaomi has already moved to Finland in the summer of this year. The reason for this was the talent pool of specialists for camera technologies. Over the past ten years, companies such as Intel and Microsoft have settled in Tampere, but since the 1990s, the city has contributed to the innovation of leading smartphone brands in the camera and image processing industries.
Senior Director comes from Nokia and Intel
“Our Tampere site is Xiaomi's largest camera team outside of China. […] We are now a compact team of about 20 people, but we are expanding rapidly by building this team, especially with talents specializing in camera algorithms“Said Jarno Nikkanen, Senior Director and Head of Xiaomi Finland R & D. Nikkanen has an interesting career behind him. From 2000 to 2011 he was employed at Nokia initially as a trainee and engineer, later as a specialist in the field of digital image processing. Over the next two years, Nikkanen was responsible for similar tasks at Intel before joining Xiaomi in June this year. Now he is directing research and development in Tampere.
The transition to Tampere should have been attractive for Xiaomi but also financially. Business Tampere, Tampere Region's economic development agency, is organizing the local image-processing ecosystem and helping Xiaomi to set up the R & D department, Nikkanen said. Xiaomi plans to build a state-of-the-art camera lab in Tampere, using the local ecosystem and resident lab equipment providers.