Europe launches a 6 billion euro R&D program in nanoelectronics
MEDEA +, a European-wide collaborative research program focused on microelectronics and part of the EUREKA project, has announced that CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe) will be the follow-up program that will bring electronics into the age of nanoscale.
The new program detailed by Smalltimes, has two important novel features: the Lighthouse Project, which will focus on the main socio-economic needs, such as transportation, health, security, energy or entertainment; and a new structure that will focus on large application markets, identified on a level of required technologies.
The MEDEA + program has funded 77 projects, the work of which has led to major innovations in a number of fields, including automotive and traffic control, broadband communications, safety in society, energy saving and public health. . CATRENE, the new collaboration of the public and private sectors, aims to ensure the continued development of European expertise in semiconductor technology and applications.
Like MEDEA + and its predecessors MEDEA and JESSI, the new program includes all the key players in the chain, from those working with applications, technology and materials, to material suppliers. Large and small companies, universities and research institutes will participate with the support of public authorities.
“For more than ten years the JESSI, MEDEA and MEDEA + programs of the EUREKA project have helped European industry to strengthen its position in semiconductor process technology, manufacturing and applications, to become one of the main suppliers in markets such as als telecommunications, consumer electronics and automotive ”, said Jozef Cornu, president of MEDEA + and president-elect of CATRENE.
The CATRENE start date is scheduled for January 1, 2008; Its duration will be four years, extendable for another four, and will be developed under the auspices of the EUREKA program. Commercial participants in EUREKA projects can get half of their costs from their respective country governments, while academic institutions can get up to 75%. The program has been earmarked to make use of 4000 person-years of effort each year, equivalent to EUR 6 billion (about $ 8.8 billion) for the extended program.
The main technological objectives of the program include maintaining and increasing Europe's strength in intellectual property throughout the electronics supply chain, as well as preserving and intensifying the leadership in lithography and silicon insulating materials and reinforcing Europe's expertise in silicon technology. semiconductor processes for efficient design of new electronic applications.