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EU invests €2.5 billion in embedded

Mar 5, 2008 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 1 views

The EU will channel more than 2.5 billion Euros into Europe’s embedded computing industry over the next decade, to compete more effectively against the U.S. and Asia. More than 90 percent of all microprocessors are used in embedded — not desktop — applications, according to the European Commission.

The funding will funnel through a “joint development initiative” known as the Advanced Research and Technology for Embedded Intelligence and Systems initiative (ARTEMIS). The governing board of ARTEMIS met for the first time in Brussels on February 22, according to a statement issued by the Commission.

“To promote economies of scale, cost savings and much shorter times to market for products based on embedded computer technologies, and to keep European industry at the forefront of global developments in these fields, the EU has decided, following a European Commission proposal from May 2007 … to pioneer an entirely new way of funding this research in Europe,” the Commission said in its statement.

In a fact sheet published on its website, ARTEMIS describes its charter as follows…

“More than 90% of computing devices are embedded, and forecasts predict more than 16 billion embedded devices by 2010 and over 40 billion by 2020. Within the next five years, the share of embedded systems in the value of the final product is expected to reach unprecedented levels in key industrial sectors. Take the example of a car — over 20% of its value is due to embedded electronics and this will double in the next few years.

Embedded computing systems are facing unprecedented challenges, with heavy competitive pressures from established and newly emerging global players, and the increasing number and complexity of embedded systems and applications.

While the US has led the world in the personal computer and internet markets in the 1980s and ’90s, Europe has led the revolution in embedded systems.

Therefore, it is strategically important for embedded systems to remain one of the strongholds of European industry.

However, the current structure of the EU industry in this sector is highly fragmented and does not provide the necessary framework to cope with these challenges.

To strengthen the competitiveness and ability of the EU to innovate, resources and funding from the Framework Programme, industry, national R&D programmes and intergovernmental R&D schemes (such as EUREKA) need to be combined.”

ARTEMIS organizational structure

The ARTEMIS Industrial Association (ARTEMISIA), formed in 2006, boasts over 100 members, including Philips, ST Microelectronics, Thales, Nokia, and DaimlerChrysler. Further information on the EU’s ARTEMIS initiative is available from the initiative’s website.

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