SAN FRANCISCO—European research institute IMEC Wednesday (Oct. 20) said it signed a co-funding contract with the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs to establish an R&D facility, the IMEC Taiwan Innovation Centre (ITIC).
ITIC's goal is to expedite applied research projects with industry and academia that will result in electronic designs, components and technology solutions, according to IMEC (Leuven, Belgium). The new R&D center will focus on a variety of applications in bioelectronics, MEMS and "green" electronics that are enabled through 3-D system-package co-design and system-level evaluation, IMEC said.
ITIC will also facilitate and intensify the collaboration between IMEC and the Taiwanese industry and academia, IMEC said. Plans call for ITIC to grow its research staff to more than 40 people over the next three years, IMEC said.
"As a semiconductor innovative applications center, ITIC will support the upward shift in Taiwan’s technology value chain and contribute to the realization of Taiwan’s strategic Innovation Plan," said Jung-Chiou Hwang, Taiwan's vice minister of economic affairs, in a statement. "It will accelerate open innovation that will result in locally owned IP in the area of intelligent electronics."
I have to wonder how IMEC's Flemish and EU funders feel about helping Taiwan accelerate innovation and develop locally-owned IP. This seems like a particularly liberal attitude toward globalization--to use public development funds in one country to fund local development in a competing one.
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