Irvine-based Quartics, the video IC firm founded by Safi Qureshey, best known for founding AST, said Thursday evening that the firm has opened up a new center in Shanghai, China. The firm said the center will focus on video algorithm development and systems engineering. Quartics said it has more than twenty engineers in China today, and will be expanding to include as many as fifty personnel this year. The new center will also support its Chinese customers. In a related move, Quartics said it has developed a new, HD video product focused on IP set top boxes and Internet HD TV products, for incorporation into consumer electronics products for OEMs within China and beyond.