The strategy on electronics components and systems, adopted by the Commission on 23rd May 2013, emphasises the importance of continuous dialogue with key Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs), regions and Member States to strengthen the micro- and nanoelectronics eco-system at the European level.

Similar to the rest of the world, Europe's micro- and nanoelectronics industry is concentrated around major regional production and design sites. The regions around Dresden (DE), Grenoble (FR) and Eindhoven-Leuven (NL-BE) host three main research and production centres with increased specialisation in one of the three areas of "more Moore1", "more than Moore" and equipment and materials.
In addition, the region of Dublin (IE) hosts a large European manufacturing site of microprocessors, and Cambridge (UK) is home to leading companies in the design of low power consumption microprocessors that equip mobile devices and tablets.

Clustering and regional specialisation is essential for the future development of the sector. However, it relies on a wide supply chain spread across Europe. This includes relatively small but highly innovative and specialised clusters such as the regions of Graz and Vienna (AT), Milan and Catania (IT) or Helsinki (FI).

The emphasis is put also on reinforcing and building on the excellence of research and technology organisations in terms of facilities and staff. They should be the "places to be" for talented engineers and researchers in the field, at the centre of ecosystems to attract private investments in manufacturing and design.

In order to maximise return on investment and ensure excellence, further progress towards complementary specialisation and stronger cooperation between the main RTOs will be a key for success, in line with the Smart Specialisation strategy of the EU.

A panel with the three main RTOs in Europe will be held during the European Nanoelectronics Forum.

 1 Moore's Law holds that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit, and hence its processing power, doubles every 18-24 months; it has been the guiding principal of chip design for almost half a century. "More than Moore" is the diversification of the functions of a chip by integrating micro-scale elements such as power transistors and electro-mechanical switches).

 

Published: 
17 December 2013
Last update: 
9 May 2017
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