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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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