• The Chinese giant Xiaomi has just opened a research and development center in Rennes, its second in France after Boulogne-Billancourt.

  • The Rennes center will specialize in video coding.

  • The engineers will notably work on compression standards for ultra-high definition video.

Cradle of the Minitel, Rennes still remains a stronghold in the telecoms sector.

Orange's second largest employment area in the world after Ile-de-France, the Breton capital also hosts large digital companies such as Capgemini, HelloWork, MV Group, Klaxoon and a whole host of SMEs and start-ups. that revolve around.

Now 1h30 by train from Paris, Rennes is now also attracting tech giants.

Third world manufacturer of smartphones, the Chinese Xiaomi has just opened a research and development center there, its second in France after that of Boulogne-Billancourt.

Based in the Champs Blancs area in Cesson-Sévigné, it currently employs nine people with around ten recruitments planned in the coming months.

Heading towards ultra-high definition

The Boulogne-Billancourt center being dedicated to photography, the Rennes center will specialize in video coding "in order to obtain very high definition video content without any loss of quality", according to Guillaume Chaigneau, France director of Xiaomi.

In Rennes, "recognized as one of the best European breeding grounds for video coding", the Chinese giant "will evolve in an ecosystem conducive to technical collaborations and synergies", underlines Mary-Luc Champel, director of the R & D center of Xiaomi reindeer.

Already at work, its teams are working on the development of multimedia compression standards "in order to improve visual quality while reducing bandwidth requirements".

Essential standards for our future uses such as 360 degree videos, augmented reality or autonomous vehicle driving.


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