Quartet of European research centers launch Smart Integrated Solutions initiative

September 21, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
The four major European research centers (CEA (France), CSEM (Switzerland), VTT (Finland) and Fraunhofer (Germany)) that form the Heterogeneous Technology Alliance (HTA) have now launched a research, development and innovation platform for Smart Integrated Solutions.

The cutting-edge technologies will soon form the basis of innovative solutions to problems facing society in fields of transportation, health care, energy generation and distribution, and communication. The Smart Integrated System Solutions (SIS2) initiative - the fast track to innovation - will enhance the competiveness of the European semiconductor community. Aggressive utilisation of design, technology and application services is used as basis to build the advantages.

The European semiconductor industry has already taken the lead in the field of Smart Integrated Systems, products that combine technologies (Microsystems, Optics, Power Electronics, Wireless Communications, Biosensor, etc.) providing enhanced functionality such as sensing, actuating and power management with highly sophisticated (nano-) electronics into a single package or chip. The SIS2 initiative builds on existing competencies and infrastructures of HTA members and creates a cooperative Technology Infrastructure open to European Industry. This platform will support customers with design services and a wide variety of add-on technologies, will help maintain and build on this leading position by supporting R&D and providing pilot production for innovative products in small and medium sized companies. As such, it will be an essential tool for overcoming the commercialization 'valley of death' that often hinders the successful realization of new products requiring components that cannot be provided by the mass market semiconductor industry. It is the fast track to innovation.

"We are building a new paradigm in R&D in facing the challenges of the economy and society," said Georges Kotrotsios, the HTA chairman for 2012 and vice president of CSEM. "Aligning cultures and work methods of the four HTA members has not always been easy, but the rewards are already here and - through the new SIS2 initiative - anticipated to be even greater for European industry."

The HTA, whose top level management and experienced researchers are meeting in Neuchatel to discuss the organization's pivotal role in ensuring competitiveness of European industry through cutting-edge research and technology transfer, is positioned