• Video Athenis
      Law19 January 2012

      More than 20% of the value of each car already comes from embedded electronics. Further increases are expected towards hybrid and fully electrical vehicles. Keeping costs and space for additional functionality low increasingly requires integration of components on a single System-on-Chip (SoC). The European funded research project “ATHENIS” has therefore focused on enabling such SoC integration in harshest environments to help overcome the cost barrier in the introduction of energy efficient vehicles.

      Law18 January 2012

      The GOSSAMER project developed technologies for very high density Non Volatile Memories for mass storage applications down to the 22 nm technology node. The project was able to develop the TANOS technology in an industrial environment, proving its feasibility on a fully functional large scale demonstrator. The availability of such a large device allowed collecting statistically significant data of the reproducibility and reliability of the technology. A large spectrum of materials was investigated for the trapping and blocking layers, and good results were demonstrated with the Barrier Engineered tunnel dielectric. The project also covered the possibility of 3-D stacking of memory arrays, and functional cells were demonstrated with two different approaches.

    • Personal Views
      Law18 January 2012

      At the end of 2011, Georg Kelm, one of our most experienced colleagues, retired. Before he left we asked him some (difficult) questions: How he sees the future of nanoelectronics in Europe? Which are the main topics Europe should focus on? What would be a good way forward for the former communist Eastern European countries to get fully on board on nanotechnology and nanoelectronics? What are the main challenges/decisions to be taken on 450mm? What advice would he give to his former colleagues.... To the last question, Georg was very clear and adamant: we should always maintain good contact with the research community, industry and the other stakeholders, because "this is not only to the benefit of the projects but also to our strategic thinking." Check the rest of the interview

    • Editorial
      Law18 January 2012

      Welcome to the first Nanoelectronics Newsletter of 2012!

      We send you our warmest wishes for a happy and successful year!

      2012 will be a very busy year. At first we will have the evaluation of the proposals submitted to call 8. 2012 will also see the preparation of the 2013 Work Programme and will be decisive as to the role of nanoelectronics in the upcoming HORIZON2020.

      Internally, the Unit is also facing changes. At the end of 2011 we said goodbye to Georg Kelm who retired after many years in the field. Mr Eric FRIBOURG-BLANC just joined us in January.

      Enjoy the reading and remember that we are looking forward for your feedback.

      Willy Van Puymbroeck

      Law18 January 2012

      With better cooling as developed in the NANOPACK project, electronic components can be packed more densely and be operated at higher power levels. This strongly increases the energy efficiency of the systems by reducing the need for 'chillier' systems and limiting the waste of materials associated with lower density systems. The objective of the project was to exploit the newly enabled technologies by demonstrating several devices owning unprecedented thermal and electrical capabilities, in the fields of microprocessors, automotive, avionic and aerospace high-power electronics. Improved thermal management solutions will have a strong impact on energy and manufacturing efficiencies, as well as on component reliability. NANOPACK ended in September 2011.

    • HORIZON 2020
      Law18 January 2012

      In order to ensure a boost in growth and jobs, the European Commission proposed a total of 80 billion Euros for research and innovation covering a six-year period (2014-2020). HORIZON2020, a key pillar of Innovation Union, brings together EU research and innovation under one programme.

    • Scholarships for research on nanoelectronics
      Law14 November 2011

      Are you a PhD student in nanoelectronics who wants to follow a course abroad? Are you an engineer interested in high-level continuous education? Then check EURO-DOTS, a support action of the European Commission, offering scholarships for advanced courses in micro/nanoelectronics, explicitly accredited by major European universities. You can also check for similar initiatives on our website.

    • KETs initiative
      Law14 November 2011

      A significant part of future goods and services are as yet unknown, but the main driving force behind their development will be Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), i.e. nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics including semiconductors, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics. The Final Report of the KETs High Level Group was warmly welcomed by Vice-Presidents Antonio Tajani and Neelie Kroes and Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn. The Commission will report back on the KET policy recommendations in a communication at the beginning of 2012. The KETs approach brings support to the full supply chain of nanoelectronics in Europe, from basic research to manufacturing.

    • Horizon 2020
      Law14 November 2011

      The new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be called Horizon 2020 and will cover the years 2014-2020. The ultimate aim is to maximise the contribution of EU funded research and innovation to sustainable growth and jobs. The European Commission is expected to adopt the draft legislative proposal for Horizon 2020 on 30 November 2011. Discussions will follow over the next year with the other two co-legislators: the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.

    • Nanoelectronics Research on European level - Magwire Video
      Law14 November 2011

      Watch a 4-minutes Video on Magwire, the project that shows how technology can make the ICT world more eco-friendly.