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ICT Innovatorleading the 4th Industrial Revolution


  • Foundation
    • 1976
  • Address
    • 218 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 34129, KOREA
  • Telephone
    • +82-42-860-6114
  • Mission
    • ETRI makes contribution to the nation’s economic and social development through research, development and distribution of industrial core technologies in the field of Information, Communications, Electronics, Broadcasting and Convergence technologies.
  • Vision
    • ICT Innovator For a Great Tomorrow
  • Management Principle
    • InnovationCreate innovative research achievement
    • Global TalentEstablish world class advanced management system
    • Intellectual AssetSecure Global IP competitiveness


Creative Management through continuous improvement and innovation

  • Build Creative Convergence Innovative R&D System
  • Strengthen Global Open R&BD Capability
  • Build win-win Ecosystem for Small and Medium Enterprise
  • Strengthen Intellectual Property Biz Strategy
  • Foster Creative Manpower Build HRD System
  • Personnel Status
    • Total : 1,937(as of year 2014)
    Research/Technical Staff : 1,782(92%),Board Member/Administrative Staff : 155(8%) Status of Degree Holding-Staff : Doctoral,Staff : Masters,Staff:Bachelors
  • Major Achievement
    • 2011 :
      • Developed Korean to English world-class portable automatic interpretation technology
      • Developed transparency adjustable transparent display
    • 2010 :
      • Developed 4G LTE-Advanced Technology
      • Developed Smart Ship Technology(SAN)
    • 2009 : SMMD-Based 4D System Technology developed
    • 2008 : ETRI developed world's first digital content vending machine
    • 2007 : The world's first 3.6Gbps 4th Generation mobile communication technology(NoLA)
    • 2006 : Developed Wireless Home Network(UWB)
    • 2005 :
      • ETRI succeeded in exported Embedded SW Solution
      • Terrestrial DMB Service launched
    • 2004 : ETRI develops WiBro Prototype
    • 1999 : Developed Synchronized IMT 2000(CDMA2000) STP System
    • 1996 : Developed ATM Exchanging Machine
    • 1995 : The world's first commercialization of CDMA
    • 1991 :
      • TDX-10 was launched
      • TiCOM II was developed
    • 1990 : 32bit microprocessor developed
    • 1989 : Starting with development of 4M DRAM, Korea successfully developed 16M, 64M and 256M DRAM
    • 1988 : 565Mbps Optical Communications System was successfully developed
    • 1986 : TDX-1 Launched
    • 1984 : ETRI succeeded in developing a 16bit UNIX computer
    • 1983 : Developed 8bit Educational Computer
    • 1982 : The Nation's first semiconductor product "32K ROM chip" was successfully developed
  • Global R&D Cooperation Network
    • Throughout the world's networks, ETRI promotes excellency.
    Status of MOU Implementation and Joint Research with Foreign Institutes
    Country Cooperation Organization
    BRAZIL ㆍSERPRO ㆍFundacao CPqD
    CANADA ㆍCRC ㆍNORSAT ㆍWestern Ontario Univ ㆍCPROST/Simon Frasder Univ.
    CHINA ㆍCBEX ㆍSSG Capital ㆍCASIA ㆍCTEX ㆍSTTE ㆍNTEM ㆍShanghai Jiao Tong Univ. ㆍBeijing Jiao Tong Univ ㆍWuxi Sening Net ㆍCSTEC ㆍLIAONING TV Transfer Centre ㆍSHENYANG INSTITUTE OF AUTOMATION CHINESE ACADEMY ㆍSHENYANG HAI TE technology development Co., Ltd. ㆍShenzhen International Technology Trading Market ㆍTIAN JIN BAODIDISTRICT ㆍTsinfhua Univ. ㆍChina Soft Capital
    GERMANY ㆍTUD ㆍOptec BB ㆍTSB ㆍFraunhofer- Gesellschaft ㆍFraunhofer HHI ㆍIRT ㆍUniv. of Querzburg ㆍJülich Research Centre
    ISRAEL ㆍARO Volcani Center
    KAZAKHSTAN ㆍZERDE ㆍKazakhtelecom
    MALAYSIA ㆍDMB Corporation ㆍMalaysia Rubber Board
    MONGOL ㆍMUST ㆍMobicom
    NEW ZEALAND ㆍNHNZ ㆍFilm Auckland ㆍDigital Post Limited
    RUSSIA ㆍLomonosov Moscow State University ㆍloffe Physico-Technical Institute ㆍJSC ‘Radiophyzika’ ㆍSkolkovo Foundation
    SPAIN ㆍi2cat Foundation
    SWEDEN ㆍQulturum Center
    U.K. ㆍQueen’s U.Belfast ㆍUniv.College London ㆍUniv.of Strathclyde ㆍESRO
    USA ㆍRedback Network ㆍDana Winery Co. ㆍOoyala Co. ㆍUniv. of California Davis ㆍONIONMAP ㆍStanford University ㆍIEC ㆍUniv. of Southern California ㆍIBM ㆍAgere Systems Inc. ㆍIntel ㆍQualcomm ㆍSun Microsystems ㆍFuturewei Technologies, Inc. ㆍGeorgia Tech ㆍSea Space Corporation ㆍSEMATECH ㆍBell Labs ㆍIEC USA ㆍUniv. of California, Irvine ㆍArgonne National Laboratory
  • Main Funtion
    • Creation, Development and Dissemination of knowledge and technology required for the development in the field of information, telecommunications, electronics, broadcasting and related convergence technology
    • Information security and Standardisation of information, telecommunications, electronics, broadcasting and related convergence technology
    • Training professionals in the field of science and technology
    • Technical consulting and providing technical information for the industry in the field of Information, telecommunications, electronics, broadcasting and related convergence technology
    • Cooperation with domestic and foreign institutions in the field of Information, telecommunications, electronics, broadcasting and related convergence technology
  • Main Representative Research Area's
    • IT Convergence Technology Research Laboratory

      Under the motto of ‘HUMAN IT-Mega Convergence Creator’, the IT Convergence Technology Research Laboratory aims to develop IT convergence solutions for the creation of new business, to establish top level industries, and for the advancement of SoC. In order to achieve its goal, the laboratory is developing various technologies such as environmentally friendly low power computing technology, u-health/lifecare technology for health and wellbeing, automobile/ship building technology where sensors converge with telecommunication, intelligent mail distribution technology, the RFID and ubiquitous network technology that are the core technologies of the u-City of the future, and human friendly robot and intelligent robotic space technologies.

    • Software Research Laboratory

      At the Software Research Laboratory, we are conducting research on the SW technologies required for a knowledge-based society and to boost national competitiveness. Specifically, we are developing embedded SW technologies for strengthening industrial competitiveness through a convergence with traditional industries, speech/language information technologies for a user-friendly IT environment, low-cost cloud computing infra technologies for large-scale global internet services, creative computing technologies that can be used anytime, anywhere, and knowledge-based information security and safety technologies for a safe IT environment.

    • Components & Materials Research Laboratory

      Under the motto of “IT Convergence Components R&DB Global Leader in the Realization of a U-Society”, the Convergence Components & Materials Research Laboratory is initiating the development of new technologies in the convergence components and materials that are the core of the IT industry. The laboratory is developing key, high value-added convergence components with linked systems and services through convergence system component technology that realizes convergence and integrated broadcasting systems, next generation semiconductor technology that will outperform current semiconductor memory, and green conversion components technology that will advance low carbon and green growth. It also focuses on creative and adventurous research projects that will be the foundation for overcoming the limitations of current technologies and for the IT of the future.

    • Broadcasting & Telecommunications Media Research Laboratory

      The Broadcasting & Telecommunications Convergence Research Laboratory has been actively developing, under the vision of leading the New Technology of Broadcasting & Telecommunications Convergence for a Greater Korea, key technologies in the areas of broadcasting, IPTV, radio, and satellite, for realizing a future knowledge-based society enabled by naturally integrating broadcasting and telecommunications services into life. With next generation broadcasting-telecommunications convergence, realistic media and radio-satellite defined as three major areas, we put our efforts into realizing four services (Cognitive WPAN, Stereoscopic 3DTV, Advanced T-DMB and Wired-wireless-convergent mobile IPTV) and into developing five future source technologies (Gbps satellite broad band transmission, mm-wave/T-Hz radio resource and RF energy transfer, Digital Holography, Glasses-free super-multiview 3D broadcasting and Personalized u-IPTV) to contribute greatly to enhancing the convenience and safety of people as well as boosting national industry and economy

    • Communications & Internet Research Laboratory

      Through the realization of a ‘mobile life’, the Internet Research Laboratory enhances quality of life while aiming to improve upon convenience by providing communication services that are capable of high speed wired/wireless communication anytime, anywhere. In order to realize a knowledge-based future society that expands through IT convergence, the laboratory conducts research into mobile communications technology, optical fiber internet infrastructure technology, and service platform technology, along with the technology for future networking. Representative fields of research relate to the source technology of each area, such as 4th generation mobile communications technology, high speed short range wireless communications technology, internet-based convergence network technology, packet-optic convergence technology, convergence service platform technology, strategic station broadcasting communication, etc., and their commercialization for green growth.

    • Technology Commercialization Division

      The role of the Technology Commercialization Division is to ensure that ETRI’s innovative technologies, the core of its growth momentum, are being implemented appropriately in society. To do this, we formulate strategies, execute marketing activities and enhance the value of technologies through intellectual property management. We also serve to strengthen SME(Small & Medium Enterprise) competitiveness by providing various supporting projects and services. Moreover, we focus on R&D with the regional strategic industries and the commercialization of advanced technologies.

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