Milestones

In the early 1980s, a group of academics led by the University of Malaya’s Dean of School of Engineering, Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen came to the realisation that Malaysia was a leading country in exporting electrical and electronics (E&E) products yet none of the product design, brand and marketing belong to local companies.

Subsequent discussions involving Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman, Dr Mohamed Awang Lah (University of Malaya), Dr Muhammad Ghazie Ismail (University of Science Malaysia), Dr Mohd Arif Nun (University of Technology Malaysia) and Dr Mohd Zawawi Ismail (University of Technology Malaysia) led to the cognizance of Malaysia’s need for an institution to conduct microelectronics research that can support the industry and develop indigenous products.

The five academics later prepared a concept paper on the establishment of a microelectronics research and development (R&D) institute, and submitted it to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in early 1984.

In August 1984, a deliberation on the concept paper for the formation of Institute of Microelectronics R&D was made to the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.  The paper stated that purpose of the Institute was to provide a critical infrastructure for the advancement of local E&E industry so that the nation can design, produce and market high quality electronic products utilising indigenous capabilities.

The paper on the formation of the “Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems” was tabled and approved by the Cabinet on 17th October 1984.

Milestones

On 1st January, the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems commenced operations as a unit of the Prime Minister’s Department. The Institute actively started its activities in May, with the employment of five senior officials, out of a bungalow on Jalan Kolam Air off Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

1985

Presented a Memorandum on the Establishment of MIMOS as a corporation owned by the Government under the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Institute also initiated the Malaysian Internet journey by introducing the RangKom project (Rangkaian Komputer Malaysia or Malaysia Computer Network) to selected user groups.

1987

Collaborated with the Ministry of Education for the development and introduction of the Computer Integrated Education in the national curriculum. This led to the country’s first education authoring tool, COMIL, to help teachers develop learning materials in Bahasa Malaysia.

1989

In November, the Institute was transferred as a department under the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment (MOSTE).

1990

RangKom became an Internet Service Provider, offering services to limited members of the public.

1991

The Institute launched Malaysia‘s first Internet Service Provider, JARING, which is short for Joint Advanced Research Integrated Networking. JARING is a Malay word for “net”.

1992

The Institute was appointed as the Secretariat to the National IT Council, which was chaired by The Prime Minister. Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman, the Institute’ Director-General was appointed as Permanent Secretary.  MIMOS, through the National IT Council (NITC), played a pivotal role in the development of the framework for Malaysia ‘s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC).

It also introduced Malaysia’s first locally designed IC, 16-bit RISC microprocessor, Pesona.

1994

Construction of MIMOS Complex at Bukit Jalil was completed after 88 weeks.

MIMOS organised its first national-level technology event, Microelectronics Malaysia ‘95

1995

In November, MIMOS Berhad was corporatised as a company under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with three core functions – R&D, National IT Policy Development and Business Development. With this corporatisation exercise, MIMOS ceased using the name “Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems”.

It initiated and organised two of Malaysia‘s main ICT events: Multimedia Asia (MMA) and INFOTECH. These events were heavily attended by Heads of Governments and industry captains. MMA was a platform for dialogue on global ICT issues while INFOTECH (later INFOSOC) was a national dialogue to debate the effectiveness of strategic ICT initiatives.

1996

MIMOS became the first in Asia to install the T3/45 Mbps line, providing faster access to JARING users.

MIMOS formed the Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCert), a point of reference for local Internet community in dealing with computer security matters.

As part of Business Development, a total of eleven business units, subsidiaries and associated companies were established within the period of 1997 to 2002.

1997

Launched the “Execute with Excellence” programme, with an aim to enhance performance and effective use of resources.

MIMOS formed a joint-venture company, Digicert Sdn Bhd, as the first Certification Authority in Malaysia to issue digital certificates.

MIMOS Smart Computing Sdn Bhd was formed to manufacture and supply modern, reliable and affordable personal computers and related peripherals.

 

31 Oct 1998

Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim appointed as MIMOS Chairman

1998

MIMOS launched iVEST (Virtual Environment for Secure Transactions), a comprehensive end-to-end platform for secure Net-based communication and commerce.

It also implemented the world’s first fully IP-based Malaysian network; a 2.5Gbps SuperJARING backbone, from Penang to Johor Bahru.

1999

Launched Cikgu.net, a dedicated portal for educators in March. It rides on MIMOS-developed portal engine, iGalaksi.

JARING began offering high-quality VOIP services with an 80 percent cheaper call rate compared to conventional phone call rates.

MIMOS became the first Malaysian organisation to join the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) registry.

In April, OICnetworks Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between MIMOS and the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah was formed as the global internetworking exchange that contributes to the socio-economic growth of OIC member countries.

Encipta Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary, was incorporated on 8th December as a venture fund company.

 

1 Nov 2000

Dato’ Dr Mohd Ariff Araff appointed as MIMOS Chairman

2000

MIMOS initiated the establishment of Computer Forensic Services under the 8th Malaysia Plan.

NISER (National ICT Security and Emergency Response Centre) was officially launched by the Deputy Prime Minister.

In February, CIDB eConstruct Services Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between the Construction Industry Development Board and MIMOS was formed. Its aim was to increase the competitiveness of the Malaysian construction industry.

2001

MIMOS commissioned a new industrial-class wafer fabrication plant (Fab 2), 0.5 micron digital CMOS technology, 8-inch, 3,000 wafers per month.

JARING became the first ISP in Malaysia to offer IP-VPN connectivity.

MIMOS’ subsidiary, My-Ms, launched Malaysia‘s first 0.35 micron EEPROM chip (electronically erasable programmable read-only memory).

MIMOS took 33.3 percent equity in Tiger Consortium Sdn Bhd.

2002

The role of NITC Secretariat was officially transferred to the Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia.  With this move, MIMOS was instructed to focus on R&D activities and to gradually relinquish businesses from its structure.

TITIAN DIGITAL, a community project under the Bridging Digital Divide (BDD) programme, successfully launched its first test site in Kampung Pamah Kulat, Pahang.  The project equipped the rural community with various “digital divide bridges” from MIMOS.

iVEST successfully provided an Internet Security solution for MyKad PKI applications.

In October, a comprehensive presentation on “Protecting National e-Sovereignty” was made to the Prime Minister and senior government officials.

2003

Gearing towards monetisation by intensifying R&D activities.

AgriBazaar was launched by the Prime Minister.

2004

The Malaysian Grid for Learning (MyGfL) pilot project was kicked-off in April.

Malaysia‘s first Cryptography Protocol was developed by MIMOS.

 

16 Jan 2005

Datuk Shahril Shamsuddin appointed as MIMOS Chairman

 

1 Nov 2005

Raja Nor Ainin Badariah Raja Zainal Abidin appointed as Acting CEO

2005

Abdul Wahab Abdullah appointed as second President & CEO on 1 July 2006, pledged to turn MIMOS into a world-class R&D Centre of Excellence.

In October, the new MIMOS CEO announced that MIMOS to gradually shift focus from National IT Policy and Development and Business Development to R&D for commercialisation towards national competitiveness.

2006

Divestment and wounding up of subsidiary companies CIDB eConstruct Services, iVEST, MIMOS Smart Computing, Tiger Consortium, DigiCert, Encipta, Malaysia Microelectronics Solution.

 

24 Oct 2008

Dato’ Suriah Abd Rahman appointed as MIMOS Chairman

2006 - 2010

MIMOS held its year-long 25th Anniversary celebrations with the main event attended by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir, MOSTI Minister and MIMOS Pioneer Management Team.

Achieved People Capability Maturity Model (P-CMM) Maturity Level 3 and became the only organisation in Malaysia and in this region (except China) that is operating at this level.

Became top Malaysian patent filer at Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Thirteen key players in Electrical and Electronics (E&E) sector comprising 12 companies and one university signed an MoU to tap into MIMOS’ Advanced Shared Services Facilities.

A subsidiary company, Frontier Novatur Sdn Bhd, formed as a strategy for commercialisation and monetising MIMOS’ technology.

2011

MIMOS and Japan’s National Institute of ICT entered into collaborative R&D, creating history as the first time that Malaysia and Japan would work together in R&D in ICT.

MIMOS took the role of consultant for Royal Malaysia Police in upgrading the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Integration (C4i) System.

American technology company NVIDIA opened Southeast Asia’s first GPU R&D and Compute Solution Centre, located at MIMOS, working with Hewlett-Packard.

MIMOS Industrial Design ranked Number 4 of The World’s Best and Innovative Design Studio, placing us above all design studios in Asia!

MIMOS released Mi-MSCAN TpH, world’s first Ion-Sensitive Field Effect Transistor (ISFET)-based calibration-less temperature and pH sensor.

2012

MIMOS collaborated with the Ministry of Health to develop Healthcare IT Framework.

Malaysia’s first psychometric profiling for universities, developed by MIMOS, launched at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

MIMOS launched its Open Innovation Platform.

MIMOS signed a joint venture with Sudanese Africa City of Technology to commercialise MIMOS technologies in Sudan, marking our first partnership with an African nation.

2013

MIMOS and Hewlett-Packard signed a partnership agreement to conduct joint R&D on Software Defined Networking (SDN), the first initiative of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

Standards Malaysia recognises MIMOS as the first Malaysian lab to receive MS ISO/IEC accreditation certificate for software testing.

MIMOS Industrial Design ranked 3rd in the world for the Most Innovative Design Studio by Red Dot Institute, Germany.

2014

The National Internet of Things (IoT) Strategic Roadmap launched to serve as a guiding document aimed at moving Malaysia into becoming a premier regional IoT hub.

 

26 Oct 2015

Datuk Wira Omar Kaseh appointed as MIMOS Chairman

Big Data Digital Government Lab launched at MIMOS to accelerate the implementation of BDA in the Government.

2015

The Intelligent Community Infrastructure System (iComm), a MOSTI Social Innovation project managed by MIMOS launched by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak in Pekan, Pahang.

Two policing technologies launched for the Royal Malaysia Police – the SMART Lock-Up Management System and the Malaysian Integrity Test (MIT) for Public Safety.

MyTrace, an advanced product traceability system, launched for the export of premium durian to China.

To this end, MIMOS is focusing on twelve applied research areas:  Accelerative Technology, Advanced Analysis & Modelling, Advanced Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Analytics, Information Security, Intelligent Informatics, Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics, Photonics, User Experience and Wireless Communications.

2016

18 April 2017

Malaysian Health Data Warehouse (MyHDW), a centralised health database system developed by MIMOS and MoH, was launched. 

 

12 May 2017

MOSTI’s second social innovation project iComm, managed by MIMOS, was launched in Tuaran, Sabah.

 

1 July 2017

Ahmad Rizan Ibrahim appointed as MIMOS’ third President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

18 July 2017

MIMOS and Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) launched MIMOS-NCIA Advanced Competency Development Centre, a human capital development centre that offers world-class industry training facility.

2017

30 January 2018

MIMOS signed the Corruption-Free Pledge with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to strengthen the centre’s commitment towards uncompromising integrity.

 

20 March 2018

The National Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, backed by MIMOS’ advanced technologies, was launched by Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

 

25 April 2018

MIMOS and Penang Skills Development Centre formed a collaboration to complete Industry 4.0 value chain and support the industry needs in Penang and the Northern Region.

 

18 September 2018

The revamped JobsMalaysia portal developed by MIMOS was launched by the Human Resources Minister.

 

22 October 2018

Previously under MESTECC, MIMOS was repositioned under MITI to accelerate the digital transformation in industries.

 

29 October 2018

An ultrasonic atomiser system for nanomaterial coating called Mi-Atomizer 3.0, innovated by MIMOS and NSW Automation, was launched.

 

31 October 2018

Industry4WRD: National Policy on Industry 4.0 was launched by Prime Minister, where MIMOS supports the policy as a technology provider.

 

30 November 2018

Emelia Matrahah appointed as MIMOS Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

2018

28 March 2019

MIMOS partnered with System Consultancy Services, CyberSecurity Malaysia and National Defence University of Malaysia to develop Malaysia’s first crypto security system to protect the Government’s information.

 

9 April 2019

MIMOS and Microsoft established Centre of Artificial Intelligence for Future Industry (CAIFI) to build AI ecosystem for the Malaysian industry.

 

23 April 2019

MIMOS signed an agreement with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad to enhance the national airports’ predictive maintenance capabilities.

 

30 October 2019

Biz4WRD, a web-based portal that provides AI and data analytics-based manufacturing ecosystem dashboard and industry intelligence was launched by MITI.

 

 18 November 2019

The deployment of anti-poaching solution in Royal Belum State Park, a tripartite collaboration between MIMOS, World Wide Fund and Perak State Parks Corporation.

2019

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