Micro and nanoelectronics, smart embedded components and systems are vital for Europe’s future.
Did you ever wonder how it is possible that your brand new mobile 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 own car tells you how much it consumes, indicates the tyre pressure and will soon be able to call emergency services automatically in case of a severe accident?
Many of these exciting 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. Furthermore, the progress made in photonics is of utmost importance in the current thrive to be more energy efficient.
Also, the development of efficient embedded systems has been paramount for the management of increased functionality and intelligence.
Europe is at the forefront of these disciplines and intends to keep its leadership through the huge research efforts spent in the domain.
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