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EVOC Authorized to Set up National Engineering Research Center of IPCs

2013-05-22

On April 2nd, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China officially issued the Notice about 2012 Project Initialization of National Engineering Research Centers (Guo Ke Fa Ji [2013] No. 405). Thirty five National Engineering Research Centers were listed in the establishment plan, including National Engineering Research Center of IPCs, which was applied for by EVOC and officially approved by the Ministry. The approval signifies the government’s recognition of EVOC’s leading position in the IPC industry, its R&D strength, cutting edge technology and sustainable innovation capability.

As an important part of National Science and Technology Development Plan, National Engineering Research Center is an important base for state-level industrial key technology research and development, which represents highest level of technology development, technical innovation and platform construction. A National Engineering Research Center is usually initialized and established mainly by organizations with greatest technical strength in an industry, such as key research organizations, leading enterprises or institutions of higher learning. Across the country, each industry or field can establish only one national Engineering Research Center, which is absolutely exclusive. This means EVOC is the only supporting unit for National Engineering Research Center of IPCs.

According to the Interim Measures for the Management of National Engineering Research Centers, a unit which is qualified to establish a national engineering research center must meet six basic requirements, such as R&D strength, engineering technology, human resource, scientific research equipment and capital operation. An applying unit not only must meet requirements for technical strength, financial capability, equipment and management system, but also must have accomplished scientific research tasks. In addition, the Interim Measures for the Management of National Engineering Research Centers has rigorous requirements for auditing procedure. There are four rounds of auditing from preliminary auditing to final oral defense, carried out step by step from city level to provincial level engineering center. This time, the fact that EVOC is authorized to set up National Engineering Research Center of IPCs embodies its all-around strength in technology, scale and qualification, and also indicates that EVOC will become a technical innovation base of Chinese IPC industry, as well as a radiation source and distributing center of new achievements.

As a key development and priority field of the country, industrial PCs are closely related to production safety and public security, because they are key devices for applications demanding high degree of reliability, such as rail transit, shipborne application, aerospace and aviation, national defense equipment and high-end automation. Currently, the system design technology of domestic industrial PCs lags behind the international level in system manageability and bus interconnection technology. The industry lacks self-made standard, and is highly dependent on imported technology and standards. After the National Engineering Research Center of IPCs is established by EVOC, the situation will be changed. An IPC industry alliance will be organized, standards system will be built up and put into use in a wide range of industries, and finally become international standards. Because the core components of domestic industrial PCs are still under the control of the overseas, the National Engineering Research Center of IPCs will work out an independent IPC industrial chain, and change the product application structure. Meanwhile, the National Engineering Research Center will also enhance cooperation both at home and abroad, introduce and nurture excellent engineering technology talents for the industry, and upgrade the reliability of domestic industrial computers and their application systems. The purpose of National Engineering Research Center is to make domestic technology and products catch up with or surpass international advanced level.

As a state-level “Golden Signboard”, and with strong R&D and innovation capability of EVOC, the National Engineering Research Center of IPCs will provide long-lasting driving force for the industry. By key technology breakthrough, the National Engineering Research Center will upgrade the localization rate of key equipment and country’s core competence in high-end equipment fields, including rail transit, shipborne application, aviation and aerospace. As a state-level platform, the National Engineering Research Center connects the upstream industries with downstream industries. By resource integration, the Research Center can promote transformation of R&D achievements, and facilitate rapid development of upstream and downstream industries.