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Components & Systems

Micro and nanoelectronics, smart embedded components and systems are fundamental developments for Europe’s future.
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Did you ever wonder how it is possible that your phone allows you to take and exchange pictures or videos, find your way in unknown cities, read and write emails everywhere, listen to your favourite music and much more? And how your car tells you its fuel consumption, indicates the tyre pressure and will soon be able to call emergency services automatically in case of a severe accident? Many of these applications are possible due to the progress of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and in particular in electronics, advanced computing, processes and communications.

The latest developments in the area of organic electronics have made it possible to print electronic circuits on flexible foils, just like photos are printed; progress in photonics helps us be more energy efficient; the development of efficient embedded systems manage increased functionality and intelligence.

Europe is at the forefront of these disciplines and intends to maintain its leadership through the huge research efforts spent in the domain. Some of the activities the EU is supporting:

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Monica Lancini's picture
Preterm birth is a vast global phenomenon, not without consequences. It is associated with an increased risk of brain damage and neurodevelopmental deficit. BabyLux – An Optical Neuro-Monitor of Cerebral Oxygen Metabolism and Blood Flow for Neonatology – is an innovation that will save lives!
Oana Radu's picture
Good news for SMEs and middle size companies who need funding for new technologies. The European Commission promotes the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative meant to facilitate the creation of smart products.
Willy Van Puymbroeck's picture
6 PhD students have been selected to attend the 11th International Nanotechnology conference on Communication and Cooperation (INC 11) in Japan. They will have the opportunity to experience the big picture of nano-electronics and nanotechnologies and the revolution they bring in smart mobility and robotics as well as discover more about the Japanese national-research-programmes.
Francisco Ibanez Gallardo's picture
The power of components at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), 2-5 March 2015, Barcelona
Konstantinos Mitsakakis's picture
Konstantinos MITSAKAKIS
How to save lives from febrile infectious diseases? With two drops of blood and...a CD! Discognisis project goes to Africa.
Marta Anna Bulik's picture
Marta Anna BULIK
Have you ever thought about your safety riding through a long tunnel, a road next to a very steep slope or strolling through ancient temples? If so, we have good news for you. Thanks to a collaborative research effort in the EU-funded GENESI project, the monitoring of the "health" of structures such as bridges, dams, tunnels or any buildings has become more affordable and reliable.
Marta Anna Bulik's picture
Marta Anna BULIK
When we are in the car, plane or train we are normally too busy to wonder how they work. We cannot imagine that many aspects of our everyday life, like different means of transport or factory plants, health and energy facilities are actually made possible by the integration of electronic equipment called embedded systems.
Willy Van Puymbroeck's picture
Some afterthoughts following the Smart Systems Integration Brokerage event from 11-03-2014 held in Brussels at the Commission's headquarter – the Berlaymont
Jan Broenink's picture
Modern equipment (cars, airplanes, wafer steppers, automatic baggage handling) is nowadays highly computerized. While designing these, one needs deep knowledge of computer programming and how the machine itself behaves, i.e. the physical behaviour. These two sources of knowledge are quite different, and it is not easy to bring them together. This is a big obstacle in development of trustworthy systems.
Theodorus Denteneer's picture
Smart solutions for green buildings, eco-innovative technologies with focus on the user comfort and adaptation- all of these are nowadays challenges in the area of building automation and control system. Seamless collaboration of building systems such as blinding, lighting and HVAC-heating, ventilation, and air conditioning -adapting to season, time of day and building occupation, hold the promise of increased energy efficiency and improved user comfort and safety.
Andreas Eckel's picture
Andreas ECKEL
Ground-breaking safety-relevant technology used in safety-relevant data communication has successfully been developed within European Union (EU) funded research projects. Applications range from controls for airplanes, latest generation premium passenger cars, up to industrial equipment such as control for off-shore wind power turbines and many others.
Cristina Silvano's picture
Cristina SILVANO
Embedded computing touches every aspect of our lives: domestic appliances, mobile telephony, cars, aircraft, television, the internet, traffic management, security systems and power management, to name but a few! There are more embedded processors sold each year than in any other sector of the computing market, making it one of the major drivers of the IT economy. There are many times more embedded processors in place than people on the planet. It is also a field in which Europe is a global leader.
Eldad Louw's picture
Eldad LOUW
While manufacturing is still one of the most important pillars of the European economy, contributing billions in GDP and providing millions of jobs, European manufacturers are facing increasing pressure on every level, especially from emerging markets like Asia. To stay competitive on a global level and ahead of other competitors European manufacturers have to produce the highest-quality products at the lowest possible cost;
Marta Anna Bulik's picture
Marta Anna BULIK
What is behind the words of Smart Factory and why is it lately so important and one of the top priority within the European policy? Only, on a global level, competitive European manufacturing industry can bring us to a stable European economy. There are currently several R&D projects supported by the EU 7th Framework programme, showing a big success in the research in order to support the development and innovation of the new enabling technologies for the EU manufacturing sector.
Max Lemke's picture
Commission is contributing € 77 million from its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to an innovation initiative for the manufacturing sector aiming at strengthening the competitiveness of European high-tech small and medium size enterprises
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