Industrial Technology Research Institute

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Industrial Technology Research Institute
工業技術研究院
Non-profit research institute
Industry R&D
Founded 1973
Headquarters Hsinchu
Taiwan
Key people
Tsung-Tsong Wu (Chairman)
Jonq-Min Liu
(President)
Number of employees
5855
Website https://www.itri.org/eng/

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. Over the years, ITRI has cultivated more than 140 CEOs and incubated over 240 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world.


History[edit]

ITRI Campus
ITRI Headquarters

1973: Founding of ITRI.

1976: Transferring of IC manufacturing processes to Taiwan.

1977: Establishment of the first IC demonstration foundry in Taiwan, the foundation of the nation’s semiconductor industry.

1980: Origination of UMC, a spinoff of ITRI.

1983: Development of IBM-compatible PC leading to prosperity of the IT industry.

1985: Innovating carbon fiber bicycles with Giant.

1986: Unveiling photoresist dry film.

1987: Creation of TSMC, the world’s largest OEM IC foundry, a spinoff of ITRI.

1987: Establishment of National Measurement Laboratory (NML).

1989: Institution of Taiwan Mask Corp., a spinoff of ITRI.

1989: Creation of Mirle Automation Corp., a spinoff of ITRI.

1990: Establishment of Taiwan Notebook PC Consortium.

1990: Development of 3-inch TFT-LCD displays, a breakthrough in large size display R&D.

1991: Introduction of Taiwan’s first Fire & Explosion Laboratory.

1993: Establishment of a 8-inch wafer laboratory, an accelerated upgrading of the semiconductor industry.

1993: Commencement of the manufacturing of 8-inch silicon wafers, securing Taiwan’s place as a semiconductor manufacturing powerhouse.

1995: Development of the first common car engine and establishment of the automobile engine enterprise CEC.

1995: Becoming the world’s third-largest wire cutting machine producer.

1995: Breaking through the barrier for Taiwan’s CD-ROM industry.

1996: Establishment of Epistar Corp. to complete the supply chain for the LED industry.

1996: Launching the OpenLab Project.

1997: Innovation of first inkjet printing head in Taiwan.

1999: Establishment of an emergency response information center.

2001: Development of the first linear motor machine tool in Taiwan.

2002: Institution of Phalanx Biotech Group, a spinoff of ITRI.

2002: Discovery of Type 21 Human Collagen.

2002: Introduction of cGMP Chinese Herbal Medicinal Plant.

2004: Establishment of DelSolar Co., a joint venture of Delta Electronics, Inc. and ITRI. 2005: Establishment of ITRI Southern Region Campus.

2007: Opening of Taiwan’s first flexible display production and development laboratory. 2008: Building the first WiMAX Applications Lab in the world.

2009: Introduction of the world’s first USB 3.0 thin memory card.

2009: Setting up the first solar power lab in Taiwan.

2010: Designing the pavilion of dreams at Taipei International Flora Exposition by the integration of applied sciences and arts with a focus on humanism.

2010: Establishing Asia’s first three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D IC) R&D Laboratory, a new milestone for Taiwan’s IC chip technology.

2011: Launch of a new venture capital by Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (MUCAP).

2011: Initiating the Green Campus program and promoting a sustainable living lab for green technologies.

2011: Building Taiwan’s first LED ergonomic lighting laboratory to assist the LED industry in developing high-value products.

2012: Signing an MOU with Energy Research Center of the Netherlands to develop green energy applications.

2012: Signing an MOU with KOSBI, Korea for the promotion of bilateral SMEs economic development.

2012: Establishing the Commercialization Advisory Committee (CAC) to promote venture capitals and startups.

2013: Signing the Memorandum of Cooperation Pact with VTT, marking the first step in innovation-oriented R&D cooperation between Taiwan and Finland.

2013: Creation of ITRI TechVenture Club to foster entrepreneurship in Taiwan’s high-tech industries.

2013: Building ITRI Central Region Campus to drive the industrial development in central Taiwan.

2014: Partnership of laser source companies from Taiwan and Japan through Golden Asia Fund Ventures.

2014: Granting Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals exclusive license to manufacture and sell STOBA.

2015: Launching the new Machine Tools Technology Center to forge CNC industry clusters.

2015: Formulation of the Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) in Silicon Valley, linking Taiwan’s startups to the global chain of technology innovations.

2015: Receiving the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Witness Test Data Program Certification, ensuring ITRI’s Fuel Cell Testing Lab as Asia’s first UL-certified lab.

2015: Creation of the Smart Microsystems Technology Center and the Laser and Additive Manufacturing Technology Center to bolster IoT and 3D printing.

2016: Launch of the Golden Asia Fund II by the Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) of ITRI and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (MUCAP) to enhance bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Japan.

2016: Inauguration of the Innovation Campus to strengthen academia-industry ties.

Innovations and Applications[edit]

  • Smart Living involves efforts to integrate technologies in information and communication technologies (ICT), cloud services, big data, etc., to develop smart services, logistics, and next-generation handheld devices.
  • Quality Health focuses on the development of innovative therapeutic biologics, composite medical materials and instruments along with healthcare assistance technologies.
  • Sustainable Environment centers on green energy, smart transportation, biomass, advanced green manufacturing, and disaster relief technologies.

Executives[edit]

Chairman
Name Tenure
Tsung-Tsong Wu 2016.07.22 to present
Ching-Yen Tsay 2010.02.22 to 2016.07.21
Jin-Fu Chang 2008.10.01 to 2010.02.21
Chin-Tay Shih 2008.06.16 to 2008.09.30
Hsin-I Lin 2004.10.01 to 2008.06.15
Cheng-I Weng 2001.03.05 to 2004.09.30
Hsin-I Lin 2000.08.22 to 2001.03.04
Zhen Sun 1995.01.20 to 2000.08.21
Ta-Hai Lee 1994.03.02 to 1995.11.14
Morris Chang 1988.12.09 to 1994.03.01
Shien-Siu Shu 1978.07.01 to 1988.12.08
Chao-Chen Wang 1973.07.01 to 1978.06.30
President
Name Tenure
Jonq-Min Liu 2015.01.26 to present
Jyuo-Min Shyu 2010.04.16 to 2015.01.25
Johnsee Lee 2003.08.28 to 2010.04.15
Chin-Tay Shih 1994.04.19 to 2003.08.27
Otto C.C. Lin 1988.12.09 to 1994.04.18
Morris Chang 1985.08.20 to 1988.12.08
Hien-Chee Fang 1978.08.01 to 1985.08.19
Chao-Chen Wang 1973.07.01 to 1978.07.31

Honors[edit]

  • 2015 - R&D 100 Awards for Plasmon-Coupled Organic Light-Emitting Diode (PCOLED), Fluid-Driven Emergency Lighting, Higher Sensitivity Tactile-Film System for Wearable Orthosis (HSTS) and PolyE Membrane Technology
  • 2015 - Frost & Sullivan Best Practices New Product Innovation Award for In-Line Compact Thermal Analyzer (ICTA)
  • 2014 - Thomson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators
  • 2014 - R&D 100 Awards for In-Line Compact Thermal Analyzer (ICTA) and High Efficiency Calcium Looping Technology (HECLOT)
  • 2013 - R&D 100 Awards for iAT Technology, FluxMerge, and ButyFix
  • 2012 - The Wall Street Journal’s 2012 Technology Innovation Awards for SideLighter and aePLASMA
  • 2012 - R&D 100 Awards for Lignoxy, TEMM, SideLighter, aePLASMA, Light&Light, and AVA-Clamp
  • 2012 - Aviation Week’s A&D SIC Award for REDDEX
  • 2011 - The Wall Street Journal’s 2011 Technology Innovation Awards for i2R e-Paper and Spray-IT
  • 2011 - ITRI as Excellent Organization, Solar Industry Awards, UK for Solar Radome
  • 2011 - R&D 100 Awards for i2R e-Paper and HyTAC
  • 2011 - Silver Award, The Society for Information Display (SID) Display of the Year Awards (DYA) for ITRI Flexible Substrate for Displays
  • 2010 - Overall Gold, The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards for FlexUPD, Runner-up for MDPS
  • 2010 - R&D 100 Awards for FlexUPD, i2/3DW and REDDEX
  • 2009 - R&D 100 Awards for STOBA
  • 2009 - The Wall Street Journal’s 2009 Technology Innovation Awards for FleXpeaker
  • 2009 - iF Design Award for Fluid Driven Lighting System
  • 2009 - Red Dot Design Award for Flexio Radio
  • 2008 - R&D 100 Awards for On-Chip AC LED


See <Honors> for more information.

ITRI Laureates[edit]

In order to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to technology advancement, industrial development, and betterment of humankind, ITRI inaugurated the honorary ITRI Laureates.

2012 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Morris Chang Chairman of TSMC
Stan Shih Chairman of iD SoftCapital Group
Ding-Hua Hu Chairman of Chien-Pang Venture Capital Corp.
Bruce Cheng Chairman of Delta Electronics Founder and Honorary
Jonney Shih Chairman of ASUSTeK Computer
Suhon Lin Chairman of Chang Chun Group
Ming-Kai Tsai Chairman & CEO of MediaTek
Biing-Jye Lee Chairman of Epistar
2013 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Barry Lam Chairman of Quanta Computer
Chih-Yuan Lu President of Macronix
Robert Chen Chairman & CEO of Gloria Material Technology Corp.
Burn J. Lin Vice President of Research & Development in TSMC
2014 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Shien-Chang Chen Vice Chairman of Chang Chun Group
Simon M. Sze NCTU Honorary Chair Professor
Hwa-Nien Yu Chairman of ITRI Advanced Research Advisory Committee Honorary
Eric G. Lean Academia Sinica Academician
Lewis Terman Former IEEE President and IBM Emeritus Researcher
2015 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Ching-Chu Chang Former Chairman of Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS)
Shang-Yi Chiang Board Advisor of TSMC
Jack Y. Jau Chairman and Founder of Hermes Microvision, Inc.
Cheng-Hai Hung CEO of ECLAT Textile Corporation Ltd.

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