History

Company activities and awards Products and Technologies
1975 Nippon Precision Circuits Inc.established
2-inch production line completed
Developed world’s first PLL for CMOS LSI for CB radio
1976 Developed world’s first quartz clock LSI for record players
1978 Developed CMOS LSI for a clock running at 1 V
1979 Increased capital to 250 million yen
1983 Developed PLLs for 200-MHz CMOS LSI by putting the molybdenum gate multilayer CMOS process into practical use
1984 Developed 121-degree linear phase FIR digital filter LSI for CD players
1987 Received the Nikkei Excellent Service Award for the digital filter IC for recording and playback
1989 6-inch production line completed
Technology Magazine” Award for the high-performance 20-bit 8fs digital filter IC, the “SM5803AP”
1990 Developed 1-bit DAC (sigma DECO) for audio
1992 Developed PLLs for pagers running at 1-V and 90-MHz
1993 Developed asynchronous sample rate converter for audio
1994 Acquired ISO9001 accreditation
Received the “Radio Technology Magazine” Award for the asynchronous sample rate converter for audio, the “SM5844AF”
Developed world’s first compression type shock-proof memory controller
1996 Acquired ISO14001 accreditation
1997 Developed EL driver IC
1998 Developed world’s first digital filter IC for High-resolution audio
1999 Acquired QS-9000 accreditation
2000 Developed multi-purpose high-frequency clock generator, high-speed charging control IC for Ni-MH/NiCd, and IC for high-frequency oscillator
2002 Developed high-speed target trace vision chip
2003 Crystal oscillator IC won a prize of encouragement from Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation Developed radio controlled clock receiver IC
Developed white LED driver IC, video filter/buffer IC
2004 Vision chip won a prize of Technology from The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers Developed FSK Transceiver IC for Specified Low Power Radio Station
2005 Nippon Precision Circuits Inc.’s equity ownership shifts to Seiko Corporation.
2006 Nippon Precision Circuits Inc. changed its company name to Seiko NPC Corporation.
Increased capital to 1 billion yen.
Acquired ISO/TS16949 certification.
2007 Opened Taiwan Liaison Office.
2008 Announced thermopile infrared-sensor chip with built-in amplifier on ISSCC 2008.
2009 Developed high-precision crystal oscillator IC with frequency adjustment function built-in
2011 High-precision optical encoder head SMD-01 moved into mass production.
2012 Developed optical sensor IC of ultra-miniature package
Developed voltage controlled crystal oscillator IC of low phase noise
2013 Acquired patent for VCXO IC with built-in varicap
2014 Developed magnetic sensor module
2015 Acquired patent for multi-band receiver IC for radio clock Developed a 50dpi magnetic line sensor module
2016 Developed a COB type infrared sensor module