Innovation Core SEI & Sumitomo Electric

R&D of New Technology in North America

As the first overseas R&D subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric, Innovation Core SEI (ICS) conducts research for next generation technologies and markets, and creates new business for Automotive, Environment & Energy, and Infocommunications fields, we also support the globalization of R&D through activities such as promoting open innovation and Global Internship Program.

innovation core sei

A Recognized Global Technology Leader

Since the founding of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in 1897 with copper wire production, we have developed many new technologies and products through innovative R&D activities based on Sumitomo Electric manufacturing technologies for electric wires and power cables.  With more than 390 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide, we continue to introduce a wide variety of products that fulfill the expectations of society, in five business segments: Automotive, Information & Communications, Electronics, Environment & Energy, and Industrial Materials.  To learn more about Sumitomo Electric Group, please visit .

Main Activities

Tech Scouting

Look for cutting edge technologies from both startup community and established organizations

Early Marketing

Exploitation and deployment of SEI brand technologies to the US or worldwide


Build partnerships with public, private sectors and academic institutions


Participation in standardization committee such as IEEE, 3GPP, SAE, etc



  • Research Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving technologies,
    and participate in various pilot projects
  • R&D EV and next generation energy efficient vehicle infrastructure
  • Study and analyze trends in fast-changing future mobility
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Environment & Energy

  • Commercialize Redox Flow Battery and CPV, the main next generation energy business
  • Create new businesses through integration of Energy and ICT.
  • Explore applications of our material science technologies in environmental energy field
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  • Research trends in evolving technology of Cloud network
  • Propose new products for sustainable infocommunication evolution
  • Find new business brought by IoT and Industry 4.0
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  San Jose, CA 95131-1138

  Phone: +1-408-232-9511

  Fax: +1-408-232-9595

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