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 SAN JOSE, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics Inc. is celebrating the opening of its new San Jose operations center at 3300 Zanker Rd. with product donations to several community organizations. The 500,000-square-foot facility brings together a variety of Sony's operations in the region, housing more than 600 employees who were previously located at different facilities across California.
 "We are opening this wonderful new structure with our sights set on the future," said John Briesch, deputy president of Sony Sales and Marketing of America. "As we continue to achieve double-digit growth in our U.S. electronics business, we must have the capacity to satisfy the needs of a company that will be larger than the Sony of today."
 The new facility was created in a "modular" form of architecture, allowing for easy expansion and modification. It has been designed to accommodate Sony's growing U.S. research and development activities, including the Advanced Video Technology Center, which is researching high-definition television as well as computer-based video post-production systems. Several other Sony Engineering and Manufacturing of America (SEMA) research and development groups are also in the facility, with activities ranging from semiconductor design to digital data storage systems development.
 "Some of the most talented engineers in the country are located here in the Valley," said Kuni Ando, president of SEMA. "We are looking forward to a successful relationship with the community in the years ahead."
 San Jose is also the home for a number of Sony Sales & Marketing of America business units and support activities in the company's Component & Computer Products Group as well as its Business & Professional Products Group, including engineering, training, technical support and customer service functions.
 The new facility is located in a San Jose redevelopment zone. Sony joins more than 1,600 companies in the area.
 According to the Honorable Susan Hammer, mayor of San Jose, "With the concentration and expansion of its operations in San Jose, Sony is making a major investment in the economic future of this city and Silicon Valley. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with Sony as a member of the San Jose community."
 To commemorate the opening, Sony is making several donations to the community. One aspect of these donations includes electronic equipment for an "Age Progression" system, along with several Data Discman(TM) electronic book players with special software, to help the San Jose Police Department locate missing children.
 "I am extremely grateful to Sony for this generous donation, especially in these tough times," said San Jose Chief of Police Louis A. Cobarrubiaz. "This equipment will allow us to serve the San Jose community more efficiently."
 Using the system, police officers can start with a photograph of a child, who may have been missing for years, and alter it to look similar to what that child might look like today.
 The portable Data Discman electronic book players complement the "Age Progression" system by allowing police officers to quickly access information files of missing children cases stored on small optical discs. Files of more than 700 such cases are stored on each disc, which Sony is also providing.
 The company is also contributing Sony computer monitors to the San Jose Fire Department to be used in its fire stations. In addition, the department will receive a large screen TV to be used as an "electronic status board" capable of displaying the location of all 40 fire-fighting units in the department at any given time.
 Sony is also donating Desktop Library(TM) CD-ROM systems that operate with personal computers to local middle schools. The Sony Desktop Library system provides teachers and students with quick access to a wealth of information in the form of video, audio and text. Each system is bundled with five CD-ROM titles, including a multimedia encyclopedia, a world geography game and a profile of the lives of the first 40 U.S. presidents.
 Based in Park Ridge, N.J., Sony Electronics Inc. posted a 14-percent sales increase for the fiscal year that ended on March 31 to $6.2 billion. The company has more than 12,000 employees throughout the United States.
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