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Imec teams with Taiwan government with new R&D facility

21 October 2010 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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Luc Van den hove, CEO and President of imec Dubbed the Imec Taiwan Innovation Centre (ITIC), the new R&D centre is being established in partnership with the Institute for Information Industry (III) on behalf of the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). ITIC will be financed by imec Taiwan and will be co-funded by the Taiwanese MOEA as a “Multinational Innovative R&D Centre” under MOEA subsidy for the Project of Encouraging Foreign Enterprise Establishing Research and Development Center in Taiwan.

“The creation of ITIC, two years after having established a representation office in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is essential in our continued efforts to create value for our current and future partners in Taiwan, to leverage our global partnerships, and to actively interact with the Taiwanese ecosystem,” said Luc Van den hove, CEO and President of imec and member of the Board of imec Taiwan. “An R&D initiative such as ITIC will intensify imec’s interaction with the local semiconductor and system-level companies and academia.”

“As a semiconductor innovative applications centre, ITIC will support the upward shift in Taiwan’s technology value chain and contribute to the realization of Taiwan’s strategic Innovation Plan. It will accelerate open innovation that will result in locally owned IP in the area of intelligent electronics,” says Jung-Chiou Hwang, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs. “The presence of ITIC - the local branch of the world-famous R&D centre imec - will improve Taiwan’s position against its peers in Asia, and result in attracting more European companies to invest in Taiwan.”

Key ITIC’s goals are to expedite applied research projects with industry and academia that will result in electronic designs, components and technology solutions.

The new R&D centre will focus on a variety of applications in bioelectronics, MEMS and “green” electronics that are enabled through 3D system-package co-design and system-level evaluation.

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