RF MEMS are promising for several areas where Europe has established industrial and technology leadership from mobile telephony, automotive, to aeronautics and aerospace.
The European research organisations are well placed in global competition in the field of RF MEMS and the NoE AMICOM has been created in 2004 to coordinate the research efforts. However, the European RandD is still missing a clear guideline to address the RandD needs especially with regard to RF micro-nano systems of European companies over the next 15 years. The EC has been supporting research in RF MEMS since 1998. As yet, it is though difficult for funding bodies to evaluate the return on investment. Also at industrial level, some industries are beginning to harvest the first fruits of their investment. However, these same industries are still lacking a roadmap of their future products, such as the one developed by ITRS, in order to help them set-up a clear strategy in terms of development and time to market.
The objective of ARRRO is to provide a strategic assessment of the current status and a vision of the future requirements for RF MEMS and RF Nanosystems technology, products and applications. From the technology point of view, ARRRO will address especially the needs for combining various technologies from Si and SiGe used so far to nanotubes for next future RF "NEMS", up to polymer for low cost antenna and integration technology.
The results of this study will provide a valuable guideline for European experts and stakeholders involved in this field. Through an analysis of the European RF MEMS and nanosystems research area in the context of global competition, this study should contribute to improved integration of the European IST Research in RF MEMS.
This study is complementary to the AMICOM Network of Excellence. ARRRO will also directly build on the major RF MEMS industry analysis carried out so far at the NEXUS User Supplier Club Telecom as well as by WTC.
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action
GU14 6YU Farnborough
Paris Cedex 16