“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.
Founded in 1986, the Microelectronics Center was originally a project of Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), with the World Bank. It had a mandate to be a center for academic, development, and research activities in the field of microelectronics, for university academic staff as well as researchers and trainers from Indonesian research institution and industry. Since 1997, the Microelectronics Center has been a research center under ITB coordinated by Research Institute of ITB. This reflects a new emphasis on research activities in the field of microelectronics that supports education as well as public and industrial services. The Microelectronics Center aspires to take main roles in microelectronics research and development to serve this national interest.