The keys to our digital future
Electronic and Photonic components, and the Software that defines how they work, are Key Digital Technologies underpinning all digital systems, including Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.
European funding from 2014 to 2020
The European Commission is investing in research, innovation and deployment:
- EUR 12 billion
- >250 projects
- ~6 000 experts
- 2 900 participant entities
- 50% private companies & 30% SMEs
This investment is supporting strategic electronics value chains and will continue to do so for a sustainable, sovereign and competitive Europe.
The Commission is also joining forces with national authorities and industry in partnerships to:
- align strategies
- achieve critical mass
- gain efficiency
- trigger investment
Electronic components and systems
By investing in electronic components and systems:
- Integrated smart and multi-sensing systems
- Flexible, printed & wearable electronics
the Commission promotes an essential enabler of the entire electronics value chain and strengthens the European industry
European electronics can support research and innovation, provide key components to be used across industries and support investing in advanced manufacturing.
In 2018, the value of semiconductors in electronics systems reached 31.4%.
Photonics: the science and technology of light
Green, low-energy photonics is becoming the foundation of our digital future. Its multiple benefits range from fighting climate change to enabling better health for everybody.
The European Commission has steadily invested in photonics with long-term commitment through a public private partnership. More than 100 Research and Innovation projects have been founded, including several EU prototyping and manufacturing pilot lines.
A bright future ahead...
- Only a fraction of potential benefits from light technologies have been unlocked to date
- European Photonics production is steadily growing, with a compound annual growth rate of 5% over 2005 to 2015
- The industry is committed to invest EUR 100 billion in Research and Innovation (about 10% of revenues) in the next 7 years
Cyber-physical systems: intersections between the physical and cyber worlds
Value is moving from hardware components and embedded systems (the main brain of the system where software is executed) towards large-scale systems, applications and solutions. This trend is expected to bring a tenfold growth over the next decade.
So, trustworthy, secure, safe, reliable and explainable cyber-physical systems are at the centre of Europe's competitiveness. Cyber-physical systems:
- make use of traditional European strengths in system engineering to reach smarter systems with reduced complexity
- support safety-critical systems (e.g. autonomous driving), where value and intelligence are gradually shifting to the edge, i.e. devices and computing power that directly control processes
- exploit Artificial Intelligence for smart systems, and to support software developers
Moreover, sustainability, energy-efficiency and climate protection are taken into account across the complete electronic system life cycle from design and operation to re-use and recycling.
ECSEL joint undertaking
A unique public-private partnership between the European Commission, national authorities and industry, managing research and innovation for strong and globally competitive electronics components and systems industries in Europe with a total of €4.9 billion investment in 2014-2020, including 10 calls, 64 projects, and more than 2 100 participants.
The European initiative for sovereignty in high performance computing processors
Areas of focus:
Supercomputers: a EU exascale machine by 2023
- Autonomous vehicles: central AI/data-fusion processor
- End-to-end data security and acceleration for machine learning and AI applications
- Further applications in smart networks, data centres, aerospace, etc.
Important project of common European interest (IPCEI)
Stimulating industrial investment for growth and sustainability
The instrument of IPCEI in Microelectronics is being used for the first time.
EUR 7.7 billion (2017 –2025) from Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom and from Industry to increase research, development & innovation and manufacturing footprint in Europe in:
- Energy efficient chips
- Power semiconductors
- Advanced optical equipment
- Smart sensors
- Compound materials
The project is guided by Member States, industry and the European Commission. Together we are preparing the groundwork for a new IPCEI on microelectronics, artificial intelligence and computing.