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EUROPRACTICE 2012

Project reference: 315961
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EUROPRACTICE CAD and prototyping services for European universities and research institutes

From 2012-01-01 to 2014-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 069 225

EU contribution:

EUR 2 541 000

Coordinated in:

Belgium

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-8See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CSA - Coordination and support action

The EUROPRACTICE IC Service brings ASIC design and manufacturing capability within the technical and financial reach of any company that wishes to use ASICs.

EUROPRACTICE offers low cost prototyping fabrication for the IC and MEMS designs developed by the European universities and research institutes. Through EUROPRACTICE they have access to the most advanced IC technologies (90nm (2008), 65nm (2009) – 40nm scheduled for 2010) from the most renowned foundries in the world like TSMC (the foundry nr.1) and UMC (the  foundry nr.2). It is important that students are trained in technologies from these foundries as the majority of fabless companies and design houses in Europe are making use of these technologies in their IC design for future products. Additionally EUROPRACTICE is offering, on a fully end-user funded basis, access to prototyping and initial volume fabrication to more than 150 fabless companies, startups and small companies in Europe. Through the funding by the EC in the frame of the EUROPRACTICE project it has been possible to reduce the prices of prototyping for European academia in the most advanced technologies to acceptable levels that academia can afford (mini@sic concept + funding). As such the universities and research centers can have small IC and MEMS designs prototyped at pricing levels of 1000 € for 0.35μ-like CMOS to 7,000 € for advanced 90nm CMOS mixed-signal RF technologies. When it comes to innovation as one of the pillars to stimulate the economy and compete with the new growing Far-East economy such as China (where they buy most modern equipment), it is absolutely a must that the students are well-educated in most modern IC design flows and technologies. From discussions with top leading European Academia it is absolutely necessary that they have access to the most advanced technologies such as 65nm and 40nm CMOS for their research and paper presentations on world-class conferences such as ESSCIRC in Europe and ISSCC in USA.

Objective

This proposal is submitted to follow on from the current EUROPRACTICE IC5 Service and to introduce the new design toolsand fabrication processes required to keep the design infrastructure for the European academic sector relevant for the needsof industry.The current EUROPRACTICE IC5 Service project, part of the 7th Framework and ending on 31 December 2011, is widelyrecognized as a world-leading service offering state-of-the-art CAD tools and microelectronics-based technologies touniversities and industry. Today, through the EC funding of the EUROPRACTICE IC5 project, 640 European academicinstitutions (512 universities and 128 research institutes) have access to this Service. Continuation of this service is essential(as confirmed by the strong letters of support from 130 academic institutions) as universities need to be able to renew theirannual CAD licenses to support of their research and training courses and need to get further IC prototyping services for theirresearch projects, including those funded by other EC projects. As the budget for CSA activities in Call 8 is very limited, theproposal covers only 1.5 years of full operation (2012 until mid 2013).The objectives are offering access to CAD tools for training and research, and access to advanced IC and More-then-Mooretechnologies for prototyping for all European academic institutions wishing to be engaged in electronic system ormicroelectronics design.As a broker, EUROPRACTICE negotiates low cost conditions with the most popular industry-standard CAD vendors foreducational use and non-commercial research within the current Membership of 640 European academic institutions.EUROPRACTICE also negotiates with several foundries to buy or share low cost MPW (Multi Project Wafer) runs in order tooffer low cost prototype possibilities to universities and research institutes in advanced IC and More-than-Moore technologies.

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Coordinator contact

Carl DAS, (.)
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Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 1 261 001


Kapeldreef 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Administrative contact: Christine Van Houtven
Tel.: +3216281613
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Participants

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 380 000


Hansastrasse
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Walter Krause
Tel.: +49 89 12052713
Fax: +49 89 12057534
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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 899 999


Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ SWINDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: John McLean
Tel.: +44 1235 445276
Fax: +44 1235 445546
E-mail
Record Number: 105159 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01