ITRI Wins Three 2022 R&D 100 Awards

Hsinchu---The R&D 100 Awards, often referred to as “the Oscars of Innovation,” recently announced its winners. A press conference was held today in Taipei to honor Taiwan’s winning research institutions. Supported by the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), ITRI has won three awards this year. The prizewinners include: High Resolution Full-Color Micro LED Display for AR Glasses; Point-of-Care AI-DR; and, in collaboration with DuPont Microcircuit and Component Materials (MCM), GreenTape™ 9KC LTCC and Ag Metallization for mmWave 5G Wireless Devices.

MOEA Vice Minister Chuan-Neng Lin praised the nation’s R&D strength, stating that Taiwan earned 12 R&D 100 Awards in 2022, setting a record high for the past six years. The number also ranks the second highest for the world and the highest in Asia. “Ten of the 12 awards are garnered by DoIT Technology Development Programs, showing that these programs have been a drive for the industrial upgrade in Taiwan,” he said. “Taiwan has received 75 R&D 100 Awards since 2008, 90% of which have been transferred to manufacturers.”

ITRI President Edwin Liu also expressed his excitement about Taiwan’s performance at the R&D 100 Awards. “Many winning technologies have completed field verification, and brought industry and society significant benefits,” he said. “For instance, ITRI’s High Resolution Full-Color Micro LED Display, with ultra-wide color gamut, was developed for AR glasses to accurately address terminal product demands. In cooperation with DuPont MCM, the GreenTape™ 9KC LTCC and Ag Metallization technology is developed for mmWave 5G wireless devices, which serves a great boost to 5G O-RAN development. Lastly, the Point-of-Care AI-DR alleviates doctors’ burden as it screens for eye lesions rapidly.”

ITRI’s 2022 R&D 100 Award Winners:

High Resolution Full-Color Micro LED Display for AR Glasses

ITRI’s High Resolution Full-Color Micro LED Display for AR Glasses features high resolution, high brightness, great compatibility, and low power consumption. ITRI has also established an alliance to provide comprehensive supply chain solutions. As the micro LED applications in consumer electronics and automotive curved displays are growing, this innovation helps panel manufacturers grasp more global business opportunities.

Point-of-Care AI-DR

Point-of-Care AI-DR realizes rapid diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME) in 5-10 seconds. It provides explainable AI by clearly marking lesions and assessing severity levels for fundus images. This innovation assists non-ophthalmologists to determine whether it is necessary to refer patients to eye clinics for further assessment and solves the eye care issue caused by the uneven distribution and lack of ophthalmologists. Applicable for both community and hospital settings, its mobile service increases DR screening rate and the early intervention in urban and remote areas greatly reduces medical costs.

GreenTape™ 9KC LTCC and Ag Metallization for mmWave 5G Wireless Devices

5G mmWave frequency bands have become the key to the next-generation network. ITRI and DuPont MCM have teamed up to combine GreenTape™ low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) material and ITRI’s mmWave circuit design, creating a 5G mmWave communication component with high commercial value. Featuring low loss, high stability, and high heat dissipation, the innovation can be wielded as a powerful tool for 5G O-RAN players.