“The future of integrated electronics is the future of electronics itself,” stated G.E. Moore in 1965.

He then went on predicting that the number of transistors per chip will double every 18 months; a law that bears his name: Moore’s Law. This law then enables expanding markets and revenues of electronics industry, which in turn enables larger research and development (R&D) and manufacturing investment, which again in turn enables the exponential trends in technology and productivity, as governed by the Moore’s Law.

This productivity engine has propelled microelectronics role into a strategic level for the well being of a nation. With the spirit of “Microelectronics prospers the nation”, the Microelectronics Center (formerly Inter University Center on Microelectronics (PAU)IUC Me ITB) prepares itself to bring the engine to Indonesia. This profile describes in short the Microelectronics Center.

Originally founded at 1986 by a project of Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI) with the World Bank. The Microelectronics Center is a research center under ITB and Vice Rector of Research, Innovation and Partnerships, coordinated by the Research Institute of ITB, since 1997. This reflects ITB’s new emphasis on research activities in the field of microelectronics, which supports education as well as public and industrial services. The Microelectronics Center aspires to take a leading role in microelectronics research and development to serve the national interest. The Microelectronics Center focuses on the development of technology, products and electronics industries in Indonesia. It is a center of excellence in Indonesia, approved by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. The Microelectronics Center was founded in 1986 by Prof. Dr. Samaun Samadikun.

Prof. Samaun once graced Google’s main page (on Friday 15/4/2016) to commemorate the birth of engineers and scientists from Indonesia.

Figure. 1.1 Google Doodle of the founding father of PME, Prof. Dr. Samaun Samadikun.

 

The scope of research and development at the Microelectronics Center covers the entire ecosystem of the electronics industry, from upstream to downstream, i.e. chip technology (components), electronic systems technology (ODM/OEM), and electronic equipment manufacturing technologies. The Microelectronics Center is supported by four laboratories and equipped with international standard research equipment, such as IC design and processing, electronic systems design and electronic manufacturing. In addition to conducting research activities, the Microelectronics Center also actively conducts product development activities in collaboration with domestic and foreign industries, disseminating research results through activities such as international conferences, journal publications, workshops and training. The Microelectronics Center also has intensive cooperations with universities from Indonesia and abroad.

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