Future Opportunities

Chips JU

Competence Centres

The Chips for Europe Initiative will support a network of competence centres, located across Europe, that will provide access to technical expertise and experimentation in the area of semiconductors, helping companies, SMEs in particular, to approach and improve design capabilities and developing skills. The competence centres will become poles of attraction for innovation and for new talent. They will require close collaboration between researchers and industry. They will increase availability of internships and apprenticeships, raise students’ awareness of the opportunities in the field and provide support dedicated scholarships for students also aiming at increasing women participation, among others via the EU STEM Coalition.






Design Platforms

The design platform is a cloud-based virtual environment to be made available across the Union, integrating a wide range of existing and new design facilities, from IP libraries to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, as well as support services. The platform will be accessible in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way, stimulating wide cooperation between users and key actors of the ecosystem whilst reinforcing Europe’s chip design capacity. Stakeholders including SMEs and RTOs will have access to the design infrastructure with clear IP rules.






ECS Tool

The ECS Collaboration Tool is a new Approach to inspiring innovation and is open to all experts in Electronic Components and Systems and available 24/7. The new tool is released in conjunction with the European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems (EFECS) 2017, but is available to support any related event, regardless of the funding instrument involved. It can also be used as a “stand-alone” project consortium building tool.






Workshops

The design platform is a cloud-based virtual environment to be made available across the Union, integrating a wide range of existing and new design facilities, from IP libraries to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, as well as support services. The platform will be accessible in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way, stimulating wide cooperation between users and key actors of the ecosystem whilst reinforcing Europe’s chip design capacity. Stakeholders including SMEs and RTOs will have access to the design infrastructure with clear IP rules.






Pilot Lines

The middle stages of chips product development can be very costly and risky, becoming real bottlenecks to industrialization. The Initiative will create and use extended pilot lines to prototype and scale up innovation, to bridge from demonstration in a lab to production in a manufacturing facility. The Chips for Europe Initiative will build on existing pilot lines, developing an infrastructure capable of bringing new advanced technologies to a higher level of maturity, facilitating accelerated industrial take up and commercialisation. These leading-edge facilities will provide the means for industry to test, experiment and validate novel prototype system designs, integrating new breakthrough technologies such as e.g. quantum, AI or neuromorphic, as well as new functionalities such as security or energy efficiency. This will help provide immediate feedback to designers to refine and improve their design models before the transfer to manufacturing, allowing them to significantly shorten the development cycle. Pilot lines will be available for access to actors of the supply chain on open and non-discriminatory terms; as unique world-class facilities, they will make Europe a strong partner on the global stage, and provide a strong basis to the strengthening of international cooperation.