IMEC to fund technology research centre in Taiwan

The Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) is to co-fund a technology research centre in Taiwan.

The deal, announced today, will see IMEC join forces with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Institute for Information Industry to develop the IMEC Taiwan Innovation Centre (ITIC), which will focus research on electronic designs, components and technology solutions relating to bioelectronics, MEMS, and green technology.

IMEC plans to hire over 40 research staff for the Centre over the next three years, building a highly-qualified workforce in the region.

The deal was encouraged as part of the Project of Encouraging Foreign Enterprise Establishing Research and Development Center in Taiwan and Taiwan’s Innovation Plan which the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs operate.

“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, President and CEO of IMEC. “An R&D initiative such as ITIC will intensify imec’s interaction with the local semiconductor and system-level companies and academia.”

IMEC also helped launch the TSMC Europratice Innovation Award today, which will encourage developments in the area of mixed signal or radio frequency design among European universities.

The Award will be available for over 600 universities and research institutes and will be awarded after two rounds are evaluated: a research paper and an oral presentation.

The prize will be a trip for two design team members to TSMC’s headquarters in Taiwan, where they will be given a tour of one of TSMC’s GigaFabs. The award will be announced in May 2011.