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ICT Proposers' Day 2012

3.3 Heterogeneous Integration and take-up of Key Enabling Technologies for Components and Systems

Building energy and resource efficient systems for competitive, highly performing products, applications and services requires further integration of key enabling technologies, components and subsystems. It also needs a functioning ecosystem of actors, in which the research, design, and take-up of innovative technologies is stimulated. Strong industrial participation along the value chain is a must as well as focusing not only on research but also on deployment driven by concrete business cases. End-of-life/disposal and recyclability issues should be addressed as appropriate.

Target outcomes

a) Integrating heterogeneous technologies

This target outcome addresses the integration of Key Enabling Technologies for Components and Systems across multiple research fields (nano-systems. organic electronics, micro-nano-bio systems, bio-photonics), materials (organic and inorganic) and functions (sensing, actuating, communicating, processing, energy harvesting) with emphasis given to supporting the semiconductor heterogeneous integration (hardware, software, photonics, MEMs). The major challenges include mastering interactions and underlying complexity; design, prototyping, manufacturability and recyclability; biocompatibility, safety, security, reliability, miniaturisation; low energy use and resource-efficiency. Focus is on:

(i) Miniaturised smart systems based on the integration of different key enabling technologies and functions, which have the ability to sense, describe, predict, decide, and to interact with their environment. Being standalone, networked, or embedded into larger systems, smart distributed environments or smart spaces; they use highly sophisticated interfaces between systems and users and can address and identify each other.

(ii) Hybrid integration of organic electronics and micro/nano electronics on flexible, large area and/or stretchable substrates, combining different materials, components and subsystems, creating opportunities for application driven integrated systems. Focus is on interfacing different types of material, different types of components and subsystems, different design styles or production processes and dealing with process variations, multi-layers, packaging and encapsulation.

(iii) Further development and validation in real settings of micro-nano-bio and bio-photonics systems addressing key societal challenges, in particular in the health (for early or fast diagnosis and monitoring or surgery) and the food sectors (quality and safety), with involvement of relevant industrial stakeholders and driven by users.

b) Technology take-up and innovation support

Technology take-up is stimulated by a set of supply- and demand-side measures, supported by a network of innovation multipliers. Proposers are referred to the general description of take-up actions in the introduction to this Challenge.

(i) Assessment experiments in nano-electronics and smart systems

(ii) Access services for new users of nano-electronics design and smart systems

(iii) A network of innovation multipliers established across all take-up projects of this Challenge.

(iv) Supporting the development of an eco-system for smart systems integration in Europe, (v) Cooperation of scientists, technology developers and providers, and end users for accelerating the deployment of bio-photonics and micro-nano-bio solutions.

(vi) International co-operation with Africa on roadmapping and constituency building towards the development and deployment of point-of-care diagnosis and treatment of human and animal diseases in rural areas.

Links and Documents

Relevant challenge: 3. Alternative Paths to Components and Systems

15 Possible partners

2 Presentations

2 Project ideas


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