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Vision 2020, Nanoelectronics at the centre of change, A far-sighted strategy for Europe [...] Report of the High Level Group - June 2004

Funded under: FP6-NMP


Microelectronics has become a foremost driver of social and economic progress worldwide. With an average annual growth of 15% a year for the past three decades, its industry has made massive investments and is heavily rooted in Europe, creating thousands of jobs. The move to nano-scale devices, called nanoelectronics, will further revolutionise applications while demanding increasingly heavy investment in research and production to remain competitive.
The main trends for the future nanoelectronics are spelt out in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). It is crucial for European industry and research organisations to keep up with and orient this global industry-led roadmap. Worldwide competition is fierce and state support widespread. The USA and Asian countries are investing huge amounts of public funds in research and manufacturing.
The integration of different devices and new functionalities requires the development and co-existence of many technical approaches. Long-term nanoscience research will play a key role by offering alternatives such as spin electronics, molecular electronics and quantum computing.
For Europe to achieve world leadership in R&D and maintain high value-added, next-generation production processes, it must provide:
- A competitive supply chain with no major missing links;
- A research environment and infrastructures capable of supporting visionary and industrially relevant research activities;
- Strategic public-private partnerships in which strong user industries share their long-term visions with research partners and mobilise a critical mass of resources;
- A favourable legal and financial environment; and
- An education system delivering a skilled, multidisciplinary research, design and production workforce.

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