The Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) of NARLabs aims to focus on developing human resources and advanced technologies in IC/System design, chip fab and system measurement. Since TSRI has adopted the operating model of a non-profit institution, the main objectives thus focus not only on service but also on research. Currently TSRI has initiated various service-oriented researches include CMOS Sensor Implementation Platform, Wireless Sensing System Platform, and Heterogeneous System Integration and Prototyping Platform (MorPACK Platform).
A self-powered intelligent gas sensing system
The self-powered technique based on hydroelectricity was introduced to the technology of Internet of Things ( IoT ) , and made gas water heaters capable of connecting to the Internet
The system with embedded gas sensor which is capable of monitoring the environment can work without a battery. It can be integrated into commercial water heaters to detect carbon monoxide from the water heaters. To prevent disasters more eff iciently, the system can not only give alarm but also transmit alert to mobile phones of remote users or servers of security companies.
In accordance with the concept of brick games, users can rapidly combine sensor systems with various functions to expedite the realization of creativity
The MorSensor wireless sensor brick is a set of modularized electronic components proposed by TSRI. Each brick undertakes one sensing task, such as power supply, computation, communication, and sensing. Users can select various bricks according to their preference to produce an individualized wireless sensor system. The sensor system can also be combined with sports equipment or clothing accessories for further system integration and display.
Electronic design automation ( EDA ) Cloud, a safe, complete, and convenient environment for IC / SoC design, was developed for the academia using EDA software, computation, and storage required for chip system design through remote access
The EDA cloud has four features as follows : (a) resource sharing by virtual mechanisms, (b) reducing human resources required for server management in the academia, (c) simplifying the process of software installation and configuration, and (d) providing an information protection mechanism for manufacturing processes data.
Bridge structural safety sensing node system
Real-time sensing of bridge safety can protect the public and reduce property losses
TSRI has recently begun implementation of a disaster prevention bridge safety monitoring system R&D project. This project, which is being conducted in a demonstration area along the Zhuoshui River, has completed the design, development, and production of a bridge structural safety sensing node system, including a bridge body sensing node system and an underwater sensing node system. The underwater sensing node system comprises a power module and core module; the system's control work station relies on a POE switch with its own power source to access data from the underwater sensing node system. Testing and verification of the sensing node system has also been completed, and it was installed on the Zhuoshui River Bridge to perform real-time monitoring.