Cagayan de Oro, Philippines – The Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) commercialized its power-saving microchip after its researchers meet patent requirements.
On July 2, Dr. Reynaldo M. Vequizo, director of MSU-IIT’s Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office (KTTO), said the microchip underwent intellectual property or IP-related research and patent searches. In addition, it also had its IP-related analysis for patentability, as well as novelty searches, landscapes, licensing, and infringement, among others.
“Pre-commercialization and negotiation initiatives on ‘μC-Integrated Circuit (IC)’ with industry for commercialization are ongoing. This negotiation is dependent now on the degree of patent protection,” he said in an interview.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) under the IC program has funded the 3.5-year microchip project with a PHP34 million budget.
In a report, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said the customized microchip can harvest, store, and use light energy for its operations and prolong battery life for smarter power management.
The project aimed to fully capacitate MSU-IIT’s Microelectronics Laboratory in Digital Integrated Circuit Design, produce the final research on a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Microcontroller with Energy Harvesting and Power Management Unit, and applied the designed chip to the developed working IoT Device prototype.
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