Foxconn launches $100M smart technology center with University of Illinois

A business of Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwanese manufacturer that’s developing a large plant in Mount Pleasant, has launched a $100 million center focused in smart, reconfigurable technology in partnership with the University of Illinois.

Under the plan, Foxconn Interconnect Technology and the university’s Grainger College of Engineering launched the Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments, or C-NICE, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center, the university said Tuesday, will serve as a “global hub for the smart, reconfigurable technology that will drive the manufacturing plants, medical environments, autonomous vehicles, and smart homes of the future.”