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Joint European submicron silicon initiative


JESSI is an 8 year research and development programme on silicon-based microelectronics and their integration into systems.

The execution phase of JESSI was announced as an EUREKA project at the EUREKA Ministerial Conference in 1989 by the respective Ministers of FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, the NETHERLANDS, the UNITED KINGDOM and the Vice President of the COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES. This support by the public authorities initiated the industrial JESSI organisation. At the EUREKA Ministerial Conference in 1991, the JESSI programme was evaluated and approved for the main phase starting January, 1992.

The structure of the JESSI programme is based on its goal to strengthen the whole European electronics industry 'chain': the electronic systems industry, the microelectronic components industry and the semiconductor production equipment and materials industry. Basic and long term research will support all other parts of the JESSI programme.

Therefore, four sub-programmes on Technology, Equipment and Materials, Application and Basic and Long-Term Research have been established. Advanced integrated circuits (IC) technology is used as a process technology driver with strong synergy between IC manufacturers and equipment and materials manufacturers. By utilising advanced logic technology, the application industry will create innovative systems.

This concept of vertical cooperation has been implemented by introducing the 'cluster and flagship' concept. Clusters are groups of projects sharing common goals and technology. Flagship projects are projects of high importance aiming at advanced commercial and competitive products which are of strategic importance. This approach focuses the JESSI programme overall, enhances the coherence between the programme parts and hence increases the value of the whole programme.

Partners from the following countries participated in the project:

Austria - 2;
Belgium - 4;
Denmark - 1;
Finland - 1;
France - 53;
Germany - 59;
Ireland - 2;
Italy - 7;
Spain - 3;
Sweden - 5;
Switzerland - 1;
The Netherlands - 5;
United Kingdom - 14.


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