Preface:2016/03/16 Updated

  Though cooperating with foreign organizations is another way to acquire advanced technology, well-built relationship must be done first. Through exchange visit activities, more information about these foreign organizations were gathered and they did make a great impact on our future plan.

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-To Guard the City, the Family, and You-
November 17, 2015
More than 500 cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning occurred in Taiwan annually, according to National Fire Agency statistics of the Ministry of the Interior statistics. And most CO poisoning cases occurred because gas water heaters were installed indoors, in enclosed balcony extensions, and in places with poor air circulation, which result in incomplete combustion in gas water heaters, thereby generating CO. To effectively reduce CO poisoning cases, the Taiwan government actively educates the public on how to appropriately install gas water heaters and encourages the public to install CO alarms. Nevertheless, people may not frequently check the batteries of CO alarms because such batteries can typically be installed for several years without the necessity of replacing them. Accordingly, the drained batteries may cause CO alarms malfunction and bring irreparable harms.
To overcome the power supply problems associated with CO alarm systems, the National Chip Implementation Center (CIC) of the National Applied Research Laboratories developed the cloud electronic nose (e-nose), which can harvest the energy in an environment or the analytes, and the harvested energy is sufficient for ensuring the normal operation of the sensing system.
To protect your home and family against gas leaks by installing the cloud e-nose at the cold water inlet of a gas water heater is the safe way to go. Specifically, when a gas water heater is activated, the running cold water passes through the micro-hydropower turbine and the energy harvesting technology of the cloud e-nose will convert water power into electricity. Regardless of whether the water pressure and flow are stable, this unique energy harvesting technology can ensure stable electricity output, enabling the effectively operation of CO or gas sensors.
When CO or gas leaks are detected, the cloud e-nose sounds an alarm to warn users; this alarm is similar to typical CO alarm existing in the market. Moreover, our cloud e-nose enables gas water heaters to be connected to the Internet and to transmit the following detected data (CO concentration, concentration of leaked gas, and water consumption) to the cloud server and subsequently to other devices. Therefore, when CO or gas reach dangerous level, the cloud e-noise will send alarm to the control system in the cloud server, and then the alarm also can be transmits to family members’ mobile phones or to the host computer of security companies, thus enabling family members or security companies to execute emergency rescue operations. In addition, the control system in the cloud server can actively send warning messages to the police department, fire department, or hospital for further emergency management and also inform the water heater manufacturer to provide necessary maintenance services.
Currently, the Taiwan Patent has been obtained for the cloud e-nose, and applications for China and the U.S. Patents are under review. The cloud e-nose also won a gold medal at the 2015 IENA Germany Nuremberg International Invention Exhibition. CIC appreciates a few companies' interest in the e-nose technology, and the technology transfer is undergoing discussions. E-nose technology has got unlimited potential and business opportunities, and connecting gas water heaters to Internet is one of the examples. Furthermore, based on the characteristics of its self-powering and Internet connectivity, the cloud e-nose can be applied to monitor the underground gas and liquid transmission pipelines, and then prevent hazards to the public, such as the case of 2014 Kaohsiung gas explosion.
The CIC e-nose can harvest energy from the hydropower; moreover, it also can be designed for harvesting energy from wind, solar, and vibration. CIC anticipates collaborating with industries and the academia to develop home monitoring related products via e-nose technology, and furthermore to secure our environment.


November 24, 2015
The delegation of University Teknologi PETRONAS and the delegation of University Putra Malaysia were accompanied by National Tsing Hua University Prof. Chen, Hsin and visited CIC on November 24. The visitors included Dr. Tang Tong Boon, Dr. Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani, Lim Lam Ghai, Lim Yang Wei and Fazrul Faiz Zakaria. CIC deputy director, Dr. Hsie-Chia Chang, hosted the reception, and Charlie Wu gave visitors a Lab tour and introduced CIC service facilities. The delegation was very interested in CIC service platforms and research achievements, furthermore, discussed the possibilities for future cooperation.


September 23, 2015
The delegation of APEC journalists visited CIC on September 23rd. The visit purpose is to understand the CIC's MorSensor technology development. CIC deputy director, prof. Hsie-Chia Chang, hosted the reception, and Mr. Charlie Wu gave visitors a brief introduction about CIC facilities. After the briefing, the MorSensor research team demonstrated the MoeSensor products. Journalists are very impressed with MorSensor’s ongoing transformation of its products and services.


September 10, 2015
On September 10th, Mr. Paul Blinzer (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) and prof. Vijay Janapa Reddi (University of Texas at Austin) was accompanied by Prof. Wei-Chung Hsu (National Chiao Tung University) and visited CIC. And the Lab tour was hosted by CIC deputy director Hsie-Chia Chang. The visit purpose is to understand Taiwan's chip design achievements and discuss a number of significant technology-related trends; furthermore, talked about the possibilities for future cooperation.


July 9, 2015
Prof. Dominique Schreurs (University of Leuven, Belgium) was accompanied by Prof. Chin-Chun Meng (National Chiao Tung University) and visited CIC on July 9th. And the Lab tour was hosted by CIC Section Manager Shau-Guan Lin and Mr. Charlie Wu gave a CIC briefing. The visit purpose is to understand Taiwan's chip design achievements and discuss a number of significant technology-related trends.


June 18, 2015
On June 18th, Dr. Alexandre Schmid, Dr. Camilla Bai-Rossi and Dr. Manuel Delgado-Restituto visited CIC. And the Lab tour was hosted by CIC deputy director Hsie-Chia Chang. The visit purpose is to understand Taiwan's chip design achievements and discuss a number of significant technology-related trends; furthermore, talked about the possibilities for future cooperation.


Jun 3, 2015
The delegation of Imperial College London was accompanied by National United University Prof. Yu-Chi Wu and visited CIC on Jun 3rd. Dr. Chin-Fong Chiu hosted the CIC Lab tour and introduced CIC service facilities. Prof. Guang-Zhong Yang was very interested in CIC service platforms and research achievements, furthermore, discussed the possibilities for future cooperation.


March 28, 2015
The delegation of Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan visited CIC on March 28th. Dr. Chin-Fong Chiu hosted the CIC Lab tour, and Charlie Wu introduced CIC service facilities. Prof. Jun Ohta was very interested in CIC business model and praised CIC impressive service facilities make for better IC research environment.


Chip Implementation Center unveiled world's first wireless sensor building blocks – MorSensor.

Chip Implementation Center unveiled Nov. 21 its MorSensor wireless sensor building blocks. Suitable blocks can be combined to create a miniature but extremely sensitive sensing device, such as forming a breathalyzer with a screen, alcohol sensor and power source. By changing one block in the array, MorSensor can be transformed into a different sensing device. An example would be replacing the alcohol sensor in the breathalyzer with a lens unit to produce a camera.
                             
                             

Chip Implementation Center won 2 bronze medals from the iENA 2013.

The iENA 2013, the leading international trade show, hold from October 31th to November 3rd, 2013 in Germany. Chip Implementation Center has got 2 inventions, “Multi-layer system chip module architectures” and “VEHICLE IDLE-SPEED WARNING SYSTEM AND IDLE-SPEED DETECTION METHOD” that won 2 bronze medals from the iENA 2013.
                             
The invention, Multi-layer system chip module architectures, includes at least two circuit board module layers and at least one connector module layer. Each connector module layer is sandwiched between and thus electrically connects two circuit board module layers such that the SoC module structure is formed by stacking. Each circuit board module layer is composed of at least one circuit board module while each connector module layer is composed of at least one connector module. Hence, the SoC module structure can be manufactured as a three-dimensional structure, thus allowing highly flexible connections within the SoC module structure.

The invention, VEHICLE IDLE-SPEED WARNING SYSTEM AND IDLE-SPEED DETECTION METHOD, is non-invasive, that is, there is no need to change or modify any part of the constructing parts in the engine compartment. This invention can be adopted stand-alone, or be applied to existing popular apparatuses, such as GPS, driving recorders, smart handheld devices, and vehicle electronic equipment. With the composing elements of a motion information module, an input module, an output module, a timer module and an information processing module, the present invention can accurately determine whether the vehicle under surveillance is in idle state and for how long it is in the idle state, and send an alarm signal automatically. With the implementation of the present invention, drivers can always be alarmed with the vehicle idling situations to prevent possible dangers or coming tickets due to the violation of traffic regulations in certain countries.

The delegation of Ajou University, Korea was accompanied by National Cheng Kung University Prof. Tzuen-Hsi Huang and visited CIC Tainan office on October 31st. CIC manager Hann-Huei Tsai hosted the CIC Lab tour, and introduced CIC One-Stop Service business model.
                             

Prof. Ekachai Leelarasmee of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand visited CIC Tainan office on November 1st, and accompanied by the former NARLabs vice president Prof. Yeong-Her Wang. CIC manager Hann-Huei Tsai hosted the CIC Lab tour and introduced CIC One-Stop Service business model.
                             

Prof. Voicu Z. Groza of University of Ottawa, USA visited CIC on Jun 25th, and accompanied by the former NARLabs vice president Prof. Yeong-Her Wang. CIC Charlie Wu hosted the CIC Lab tour and introduced CIC facility.
                             

Dr. Greg Taylor is an Intel Fellow and director of the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Design Lab in the Integrated Platforms Research Lab in Intel Labs. His interests include Systems on a Chip, Analog/Mixed Signal circuits,
and Wireless. Dr. Greg Taylor visited CIC on June 7th, and gave a talk about Analog Design Challenges on
Logic Processes.
                             
                             

The delegation of Main Council of the Research Institutes (RGIB), Poland, accompanied by NARLabs vice president, Prof. Tung-Yang Chen and visited CIC on May 8th. CIC director, Prof. Tzi-Dar Chiueh and
hosted the CIC Lab tour, and CIC vice director, Prof. Robert Chen-Hao Chang introduced CIC One-Stop
Service business model.
                             
                             

On March 7th, Prof. Tam Kam Weng and Prof. Alfred Wong, University of Macau, accompanied by Prof. Tai
-Ping Sun, visited CIC to discuss the chip implementation service and training program. Prof. Tzi-Dar Chiueh,
Director of Chip Implement Center, introduced CIC operation mode, service items and the direction of future
development. Prof. Tzi-Dar Chiueh recommended that the University of Macau may cooperate with Taiwan
academic and engage in research exchange activities.
                             

On March 6th the Japanese workshop delegation, including professors and students from Kyoto University,
Osaka University, Hokkaido University, visited CIC and accompanied by prof. Albert Chin. The purpose of the
visit is to understand CIC development in IC design.
                             

On January 25th, Prof. Lina Sarro, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands,accompanied by
Prof.Weileun Fang, visited CIC. Prof. Sarro encouraged Taiwan students to study in Europe and engage
in research exchange activities. She expressed the hope that Taiwan and the Netherlands may conduct
academic exchanges through joint seminars.
                             

Prof. Euisik Yoon and Prof. Katsuo Kurabayashi, University of Michigan, visited CIC on January 22nd
and accompanied by Prof. Yu-Ting Cheng. The purpose of the visit is to understand CIC development in
the field of  micro-electromechanical and   the training practices for MEMS design engineers.  Prof.Yu-
Ting Cheng, the vice executive of National Program on Nano Technology (NPNT), said Taiwan academic
can cooperate with  world-renowned scholars, and  Chip Implementation Center might be the  platform
for cooperation and might develop the key technologies for MEMS development.