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Eureka microelectronics initiative

Industrialists from leading European microelectronics companies and government officials brought together by Eureka have launched plans for a new strategic microelectronics initiative.

Eureka is a European network for market-oriented research and development, enabling industr...
Industrialists from leading European microelectronics companies and government officials brought together by Eureka have launched plans for a new strategic microelectronics initiative.

Eureka is a European network for market-oriented research and development, enabling industry and research institutes from 26 member countries and the European Union to collaborate in developing and exploiting innovative technologies.

The latest proposal emerged from a high-level group meeting in Berlin, and is designed to ensure European success in the global market.

Called 'MEDEA+ System innovation on silicon for the e-economy' the project will develop enabling technologies for the Information Society with an envisaged total budget of 4,000 million euro. The proposal is aimed at maximising cooperation between competing systems companies and making it possible to develop standards and key intellectual property in the area.

State Secretary Dr. Uwe Thomas from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, who chaired the discussion, emphasised the importance of long-term planning to ensure Europe's position as a strong player in the growth area of electronic business.

'A new electronic economy (e-economy) has emerged, based on microelectronics, computers, multimedia applications and the Internet', he said. 'The technological position of Europe in this field can only be maintained and strengthened through co-operation between state and industry.'

Participants hope to emulate the past success of cooperation within the Eureka framework that has enabled three of Europe's largest microelectronics companies to move into the world's top ten in the sector.

'Eureka has been and still is key to stimulating innovation for a continuous leadership role of the European IT industry,' said Dr Söhnke Mehrgardt, chief technology officer at Infineon Technologies. 'We see Eureka's role as supporting the expansion of the public and private sector partnerships which foster the innovation necessary to meet Europe's scientific and technological challenges of the 21st century.'
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