In the early 1980s a group of academicians, led by Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen, the Dean of School of Engineering University of Malaya, discussed and realized that Malaysia was a leading country in exporting electrical and electronics products but none of the product’s design, brand and marketing belong to Malaysian companies.
The informal discussions involving Dr Mohd Azzman (University of Malaya), 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 realisation of Malaysia’s need for an institute to conduct microelectronics research to support the industry and to develop indigenous products.
This realisation enabled the informal team of academicians to present the concept paper on microelectronics research and development institute to the minister and senior officers of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in early 1984. Arising from the feedbacks, a concerted effort was made to present the idea to the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In August 1984, a deliberation on the concept paper for the formation of Institute of Microelectronics R&D was made to the Prime Minister. The purpose of the Institute was to provide critical infrastructure for the advancement of local electronic industry so that the nation can design, produce and market high quality electronic products by indigenous capabilities due to the importance of industrial and economic growth. The paper on the formation of the Institute was tabled and approved by the Cabinet on 17th October 1984 .
On 1st January, the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems on record commenced operations as a unit of the Prime Minister’s Department. The Institute actively started its activities in May, with the employment of 5 senior officials, in a bungalow on Jalan Kolam Air off Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur .
The Institute introduced the Internet by managing the RangKom project (Rangkaian Komputer Malaysia or Malaysia Computer Network).
It also conducted a presentation of the Memorandum on the Establishment of MIMOS as a corporation owned by the Government under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Collaborated with the Ministry of Education for the development of and introduction of Computer Integrated Education in the national curriculum. This led to the country’s first, among many, education authoring tool, COMIL, to help teachers develop learning materials in BM. Other contributions include Cikgu.net, Learning Management System, Kamillion Eduweb and Bijak.net.
On 20th March, the Chief Secretary confirmed that the proposal to change the status of MIMOS as a corporation could not be considered for the time being.
In August, The Institute presented a Memorandum on the Restructuring of MIMOS’ Organisation Structure.
In November, MIMOS was transferred as a department under the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment (MOSTE).
RangKom was turned into an Internet Service Provider, offering services to limited members of the public.
MIMOS launched Malaysia ‘s first Internet Service Provider (ISP), JARING.
MIMOS was appointed as the Secretariat to the National IT Council , chaired by The Prime Minister. Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman, MIMOS’ 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.
MIMOS started the technology seminar on Microelectronics Malaysia 95.
In November, MIMOS Berhad was corporatised as a company under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with 3 core functions – R&D, National IT Policy Development and Business Development.
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 leaders of the industries. MMA was a platform for dialogue on global ICT issues while INFOTECH (before the name change to INFOSOC) was a national dialogue to debate the effectiveness of strategic ICT initiatives.
MIMOS became the first in Asia to install the T3/45 Mbps line, providing faster access to JARING users.
The Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCert), a point of reference for local Internet Community in dealing with computer security matters, was formed.
A total of eleven (11) Business Units, Subsidiaries and Associated Companies were established within the period.
Launched the “Execute with Excellence” programme, with an aim to enhance performance and effective use of resources.
The rationalisation of certain projects led to the development of the trial commercialisation of R&D outputs, formation of business units, subsidiaries and joint-venture companies (1998-2003).
MIMOS formed a joint-venture company, DIGICERT Sdn Bhd, as the first Certification Authority (CA) to issue digital certificates in Malaysia .
Formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, MIMOS Smart Computing Sdn Bhd, to manufacture and supply modern, reliable and affordable PCs and related peripherals.
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.
Launched Cikgu.net, a dedicated portal for educators in March 2000. It rides on iGalaksi: a portal engine developed by MIMOS.
MIMOS’ business unit, JARING, began offering high-quality VOIP services with an 80% cheaper call rate compared to conventional phone call rates.
MIMOS became the first Malaysian organization 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 2000 as a venture fund company
MIMOS initiated and started the Computer Forensic Services under the 8th Malaysia Plan (RMk8).
NISER (National ICT Security and Emergency Response Centre) was officially launched by the Deputy Prime Minister.
21st February saw the formation of CIDB EConstruct Services Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and MIMOS Berhad. Its aim is to increase the competitiveness of the Malaysian construction industry.
MIMOS commissioned a new industrial-class wafer fabrications 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% equity in TIGER Consortium Sdn Bhd.
The role of NITC Secretariat was officially transferred to the Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia (MECM).
MIMOS was instructed to focus on R&D activities and to gradually separate businesses from its structure.
TITIAN DIGITAL, a project under the Bridging Digital Divide (BDD) programme, successfully launched its first test site in Kampung Pamah Kulat, Pahang. It equipped the rural community with various “digital divide bridges” from MIMOS.
iVEST successfully provided an Internet Security solution for Mykad PKI applications.
A comprehensive presentation on “Protecting National e-Sovereignty” was made to the Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Mahathir Mohamad and senior government officials, on 27th October.
MIMOS is geared towards enhancing its R&D activities. Since business is part of its corporate structure, it will be further developed for monetisation.
AgriBazaar was launched by the Prime Minister.
MyGfL pilot project was kicked-off in April. MIMOS then went on to develop Malaysia ‘s first Cryptography protocol.
Dato’ Abdul Wahab Abdullah appointed as the new President & CEO on 1 July 2006, poised to turn MIMOS into a world-class R&D Centre of Excellence.
Later in October 2006, CEO Dato’ Abdul Wahab Abdullah announced that MIMOS to gradually shift focus from National IT Policy and Development and Business Development to R&D for commercialisation towards national competitiveness.
CEO Dato’ Abdul Wahab Abdullah announced that MIMOS to gradually shift focus from National IT Policy and Development and Business Development to R&D for commercialisation towards national competitiveness.
Divestment and wounding up of subsidiary companies CIDB eConstruct Services, iVEST, MIMOS Smart Computing, Tiger Consortium, DigiCert, Encipta, Malaysia Microelectronics Solution.
Achieved Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 3.
Launched Makcik PC, a prototype portable computer.
Jen-ii, tabled PC spawned from Makcik PC, launched.
First generation iDOLA portable computer launched.
MIMOS WiWi technology platform launched.
Advanced Analysis and Modelling (ADAM) added to MIMOS Technology Thrust Areas.
Achieved CMMI Maturity Level 5.
Second generation of iDOLA netbook marketed.
Received first two registered patents and four more thereafter.
Concluded the year with the success in creating a business market funnel of innovations worth RM1.092 billion for commercialisation by Malaysian companies, surpassing the RM1 billion target.
MIMOS held its year-long 25th Anniversary celebration 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.
MIMOS’ Reliability Lab accredited with the MS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the national laboratory accreditation scheme (SAMM) of the Department of Standards Malaysia.
Microenergy and Psychometrics added to MIMOS Technology Thrust Areas.
Became top Malaysian patent filer at Patent Cooperation Treaty.
To this end, MIMOS is focusing on ten applied research areas: Advanced Analysis & Modelling, Advanced Computing, Information Security, Intelligent Informatics, Knowledge Technology, Microenergy, Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics, Psychometrics and Wireless Communications.