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Welcome to Essential Information Society Technologies and Infrastructures

Introduction to Key Action 4

The strategic objective of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme is to realise the benefits of the information society for Europe both by accelerating its emergence and by ensuring that the needs of individuals and enterprises are met. For the essential technologies and infrastructures that form the building blocks of the information society the objective is to drive their development, enhance their applicability and accelerate their take up in Europe.

The aim of work in key action 4 is to promote excellence in the technologies which are crucial to the information society, to accelerate their take-up and broaden their fields of application. The work will address the convergence of information processing, communications and networking technologies and infrastructures. The focus will be on technologies and infrastructures common to several applications, while those specific to one application only would be addressed in the context of that application in other parts of the Framework Programme.

Units in Directorate E (Essential Information Society Technologies and Infrastructures) implement work in the following areas:

E1: Technologies for and the management of information processing, communications and networks, including broadband, together with their implementation, interoperability and application.
Work will focus on the development and convergence of information processing, telecommunications and broadcast network and system technologies.
E2: Technologies and engineering for software, systems and services, including high-quality statistics.
Work will centre around the development, deployment, operation and evolution of software-intensive systems embedded in goods and services as well as facilitating production and enterprise processes, including technologies and tools for testing and validation at all stages.
E3: Real-time and large-scale simulation and visualisation technologies.
Work will address the development and integration of advanced simulation and visualisation technologies and environments in all applications. Work will include distributed simulations and shared virtual environments. Interfaces making use of the various senses. Work will address the provision of intuitive ways to capture, deliver and interact with systems. Work will include the development and integration of advanced sensor, actuator and display technologies.
E4: Mobile and personal communications and systems, including satellite-related systems and services.
Work will target the move to an integrated seamless network that ensures global personal connectivity and enables access to wireless multimedia communications and services by anyone, from anywhere, at any time, with capabilities, quality and performance comparable to those of fixed network services.
E5: Peripherals, sub-systems and microsystems.
Work will address the need for advanced intelligent (computing and communications) network peripherals which can have multiple functionalities yet remain user-friendly. Work on sub-systems will cover the building blocks of information processing and communications systems and networks. Work on intelligent microsystems will, in this context, cover miniaturised systems comprising sensing and/or actuating with processing functions, and normally combining two or more of electrical, mechanical, optical, chemical, organic, biological, magnetic or other properties, integrated onto a single chip or a multichip hybrid.
E6: Microelectronics - Optoelectronics.
Work will address materials, equipment, processes, design and test methodologies and tools which enable the development of electronic components, their packaging, interconnection and application. It will also address optoelectronic integrated circuits and active and passive optical components and devices. The approach will be system-oriented and application-driven, and will aim at reinforcing strengths and exploiting technological opportunities drawing on appropriate microelectronic technology solutions best filling generic application requirements.

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