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Esprit Work-Programme 1998
Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative

Preparatory, support and transfer activities applicable throughout the programme
Domain-specific R&D tasks and preparatory, support and transfer activities
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Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative - domain 5

The OMI domain addresses the design and development of microprocessor and microcontroller based systems, hardware and software, with emphasis on embedded applications. It supports innovation in the design of systems that address new applications or provide new functionality.

The approach is two-fold. On the one hand the programme supports suppliers in the development of the technology necessary for higher performance and higher integration systems while also supporting users in applying best practice design methods, modernising their products and exploring new application areas. The unifying concept is that of open systems at all levels, from silicon to applications.

R&D areas

Systems Technology - area 1


Promote innovation in the components of embedded microprocessor systems, including software, tools and methodology. Inter-operability and re-usability of the components play a major role in the OMI open systems approach.

Enabling Core Technologies

5.8Processor Core Developments Investigate innovative advanced technologies for future embedded processors that provide higher performance, higher integration and new types of architectures. Development of application-specific processors, including hardware and software, that provide a high level of integration for specific application requirements such as smart cards, graphics, high performance/parallelism, low power, multimedia and telecommunication processors.

Systems Integration and Applications - area 2


This area covers innovative developments of embedded systems for new, high-potential applications as well as improvements, such as higher integration, lower power consumption, higher performance or improved functionality in the design of existing systems. Proposals should demonstrate a clear market potential and route to exploitation for the intended application. New supercells or software may be provided to the libraries as a result of the pilot experiments.

5.9Embedded Systems Applications Demonstrate and validate the vertical integration of hardware and/or systems software into embedded processing systems. This task supports developments for the following application areas listed below.

Consumer Electronics Development of systems embedded in brown and white goods, house entertainment systems (interactive and digital TV, set-top boxes, games, etc.), personal and portable devices for consumers.

Telecommunications Development of embedded systems for intelligent devices that connect to networks either as a terminal or a control station. This applies to all networks including local and wide area networks.

Information Appliances Development of embedded systems for new and emerging information appliances related to the deployment of the Information Society. This includes personal information devices, network computers, smart cards, health care and educational systems, graphics and virtual reality devices and other innovative information appliances.

Professional and Business This includes the control systems for devices that are normally used in a professional and office environment such as printers, workstations, add-on boards, faxes, PC plug-and-play devices, etc.

Automotive and Aerospace Development of embedded systems for controlling the operations of automotive and aerospace vehicles and their accessories.

Manufacturing Systems and Process Control Development and demonstration of intelligent sub systems for discrete manufacturing systems and continuous process control.

Preparatory, support and transfer activities

The purpose is to provide a support framework for the various activities in the OMI focused cluster and to define a global strategy for dissemination and build a coherent image of the initiative. In particular they will complement the mainstream RTD actions by placing emphasis on effective transfer of technology to users and enable convincing demonstration in target application sectors/areas.

5.16 Small Demonstrator Projects for SMEs To stimulate improvement of the design of products and processes in SMEs. This is an OMI supporting measure addressed specifically to small system houses and end user system developers. Demonstrator projects of up to 18 months duration in any of the application domains indicated in task 5.9 may be proposed by SMEs acting either alone or in collaboration with suppliers of their own choosing. (Detailed specifications for applicant SMEs are available on request).
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5.17 Intellectual Property (IP) Re-use. To improve the corporate and/or third party reusability of hardware or software systems IP. Pilot projects will focus on:

Results will necessarily be applicable in real business environments, and will be demonstrated in at least three real life IP transfers.

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