State and future of the Electronics ecosystem
On 10 June, the European Alliance Against Coronavirus spoke about the development and the importance of the Electronics ecosystem for the European industry.
Olivier Chavrier, SCS Cluster, gave an overview of the EU semiconductor market, which is at the heart of the global economy. The sector is very research and development (R&D) and capital extensive, and the value chain is very globalised. Semiconductors are applied in many ecosystems and are a strategic piece of today’s economy. The European Union is a small player in the semiconductor industry but holds a good position in customer-applied activities in the automotive ecosystem. Olivier recommends European players to focus on R&D and design investments, enlarging the number of Fabless in Europe, and accelerate the digitisation of the EU industry.
Fabrizio Fallarini, Mesap Innovation Cluster, and Petra Weiler, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, presented the 5E project for a meta-roadmap on functional electronics. The project aims to develop a joint vision and the subsequent implementation of this roadmap in Europe, create a coherent European electronics community, and increase the outreach and visibility of European electronics. The project centres around functional electronics, which integrate key digital technologies with cognitive functions, and addresses new opportunities for the challenges in circular economy, energy, autonomous operation, and sensing through the application of these electronics.
Ola Svedin, Mobile Heights, spoke about new frontiers in electronics from the perspective of Sweden and gave examples on how companies have evolved and changed their portfolio to grow the microelectronics industry through the help of knowledge clusters. He stressed that we must make use of the knowledge clusters we have in the EU to increase the industry’s potential.
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