Since the birth of Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMECAS), it has been the pathfinder and pioneer in Chinese semiconductor and integrated circuit (IC) undertakings.
In 1958, original Plant 109 of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), as the predecessor of IMECAS, was founded to meet the national strategic demand of the high-frequency transistor computer. In September 2003, the plant was formally adopted its present name, IMECAS.
After the development in the past 60 years, IMECAS has become the key research and development institution with most comprehensive allocation in China’s electronics industry. It is the supporting institution of CAS R&D Center for “Internet of Things”, CAS Electronic Design Automation Center (EAD Center) and the school of Microelectronics of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), which is one of the national exemplary microelectronics schools. It is also the lead organizational unit of prospective IC equipment and process R&D, which is one of the National Science and Technology Major Projects.
The mid-long term strategic orientation of IMECAS is to lead the innovations of China’s microelectronics industry and promote the industrial development. The major research fields include highly reliable device and circuit, IC advanced manufacturing process, IC design technology, IC equipment, IC high density packaging, the core technology of Internet of Things, microwave device and circuit, nanoelectronics, etc.
The research organizations in IMECAS include CAS key laboratories, industrial service R&D centers, application R&D centers and core product R&D centers.
The institute has total 1100 employees with 1020 researchers, including two Academicians of CAS, two recipients of the Natural Science Foundation of China’s Distinguished Young Scholar Award, 23 CAS Hundred Talents Program fellows, 13 Thousand Talents Program fellows and, one Ten Thousand Talents Program fellows, 77 researchers and researcher-level senior engineers, 249 associate researchers and senior engineers. The institute also provides services to attract and support students from diverse local as well as international educational backgrounds. Over 600 graduate students are pursuing their MS or PhD degrees in the institute.
The institute preserves in the road of opening up based on internal and external cooperation with the ideas of establishing a market-oriented system for technological innovation，in which enterprises play the leading role and which combines the efforts of enterprises, universities and research institute. It cooperates with such universities and enterprises as Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing and Cypress Semiconductor Corp.(XMC), Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation(SMIC) , Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation (HLMC), China Resources Microelectronics Ltd. (CR Micro), North Microelectronics (NMC), etc. It also carries out transformation of scientific and technological achievements in Jiangsu, Beijing, Hubei, Sichuan, Guangdong, Hunan and other provinces and municipalities. The institute has widespread influence in China’s microelectronics field and plays an irreplaceable role in supporting core competency of China’s microelectronics industry.
Under the institute motto of “to Keep Improving, to be Absorbed, to Seek Truth and be Dedicated to Innovation”, IMECAS will continue to orient the major national requirements, international scientific cutting-edge and main battlefield of national economy, forge ahead with the concept of exploration and innovation and make positive contributions to the China's scientific and technological progress and economic development.