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EUROPRACTICE IC4

Project ID: 214157
Źródło dofinansowania

EUROPRACTICE CAD and IC service for European universities and research institutes

Od 2008-01-01 do 2010-12-31, projekt zakończony | EUROPRACTICE IC4 Witryna

Dane projektu

Całkowity koszt:

EUR 4 821 082

Wkład UE:

EUR 3 150 000

Kraj koordynujący:

Belgium

Zaproszenie do składania wniosków:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

System finansowania:

CSA - Coordination and support action

Description

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 (<a href="mailto:mini@sic">mini@sic</a> concept + funding). As such the universities and research centers can have small IC and MEMS designs prototyped at pricing levels of 1000 € for 0.35&mu;-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.

Cel

This proposal is submitted to continue the current Europractice IC Service.
The current EUROPRACTICE IC Service project, part of the 6th Framework and ending on 31 December 2008, is widely recognized as a world-class service offering state-of-the-art CAD tools and technologies to universities and industry. Continuation of this project is considered indispensable as universities need to be able to renew their annual CAD licenses and need continued support for their research and courses and need to be further stimulated to keep up with new technologies. Continuation is needed and in order to avoid a gap (waiting for the next call – possibly only in 2008), this proposal is submitted now.
The objectives are offering access to CAD tools for learning and access to advanced IC technologies for prototyping. Under this project 550 European universities and 50 research centers will be able to use the service and will get technical support both on the use and installation of CAD tools and on the ASIC technologies and design kits.
As a broker, Europractice negotiates low cost conditions with the most popular industrial-standard CAD vendors for educational use. Europractice has negotiated with several IC foundries agreements to buy or share low cost MPW (Multi Project Wafer) runs in order to offer low cost prototype possibilities to universities and research institutes. New advanced technologies, such as 0.13um SiGe, 0.18um High Voltage, 90nm and 65nm CMOS will be added to the portfolio of offered technologies when those technologies become available and affordable.
Also discussions will start with other European "service" providers, initiated by EC funded projects, in order to make them available on wider European scale to the existing network of 550 universities. As such, the IC service will be further extended with prototyping possibilities in selected MEMS-like technologies.

Kontakt z koordynatorem

Carl DAS, (Director ASIC Services)
Tel.: +32 16 28 12 48
Adres e-mail

Koordynator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium

Wkład UE: EUR 1 428 715


KAPELDREEF 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny: Christine Van Houtven
Tel.: +32-16-281 613
Faks: +32-16-281 812
Adres e-mail

Uczestnicy

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

Wkład UE: EUR 483 895


Hansastrasse 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny: Walter Krause
Tel.: +49-89-12052713
Faks: +49-89-12057534
Adres e-mail
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom

Wkład UE: EUR 1 237 390


Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ SWINDON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny: Mary Valente
Tel.: +44 1235 446607
Faks: +44 1235 778196
Adres e-mail
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