The Cinvestav was created in 1961 by presidential decree as a public agency with legal personality and its own assets. Its founding director, Dr. Arturo Rosenblueth, prompted a formal demand that has resulted in the success of the institution. The Cinvestav has twenty-eight research departments that are distributed by the nine campuses throughout Mexico.

At Campus Tamaulipas we teach and use FPGA technology to speed up Digital Signal Processing systems. The Computer Architecture course is developed using the MIPS architecture as a study case; the MIPS is modeled in VHDL and implemented using an FPGA.