MicroVision today announced the opening of a research and development centre at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. The research facility, located on the sprawling 200-hectare green campus, will focus on developing innovative breakthrough products using MicroVision’s PicoP technology.
MicroVision plans to staff the R&D facility with up to 25 engineers by 2012 to work on advanced research and development projects, perform operational support functions, and build upon the company’s current industry leading portfolio of over 500 patents issued and pending. By collaborating with NTU, MicroVision aims to leverage the university’s strength and expertise in Engineering, Microelectronics and Materials Science to conduct joint research and development with faculty and students. The alliance is also expected to facilitate the exchange of ideas between NTU staff and students and MicroVision personnel, as well as provide possible internship opportunities for NTU students.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NTU and MicroVision was signed today by Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU’s President-Designate and Provost and Alexander Tokman, President and CEO, MicroVision.
“We chose Singapore and NTU to establish our first global R&D facility for several reasons,” said Alexander Tokman, MicroVision president and CEO. “First, Singapore is a hub for exceptional technical talent and productivity, the students at NTU are first-class and we are confident they will bring a wealth of new ideas and fresh thinking to our research and development efforts. Second, Singapore is centrally located and positions us closer to many of MicroVision’s manufacturers and customers.”
“This is MicroVision’s first R&D centre outside the United States and they were originally interested in setting it up in Taiwan. They decided on NTU because of our expertise in engineering and computing and our excellent research infrastructure,” said Professor Andersson. “This collaboration means MicroVision engineers will work side by side with NTU faculty and students to perform joint research into innovative imaging and display solutions. We look forward to seeing the next-generation innovative products invented at NTU and commercially launched in Singapore and beyond.”
MicroVision’s dedicated R&D centre includes a customised laboratory at NTU’s Innovation Centre. The company will work directly with NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Division of Physics and Applied Physics.
MicroVision has a history of collaborating with leading universities and research institutes across the globe, including Stanford, MIT (USA) and Fraunhofer Institute (Germany). The company’s strong focus on research and development is evidenced by the strength of its patent portfolio, which has been ranked in top 20 among global electronics companies for the past three years by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
NTU has been rapidly ramping its research capabilities in the last few years and has established strong industry partners which include Rolls-Royce, Robert Bosch, Thales, and Toray. Like MicroVision, these leading players chose to set up research facilities at NTU, where they collaboratively work with NTU faculty and students to pursue their respective research interests.