The Project Outline phase of PENTA Call 2 has just closed. 12 proposals approaching €200m of eligible costs and involving 11 countries were received. This demonstrates continuing high levels of demand for innovation along the Electronic Components and Systems value chain. At the same time as PENTA enters its second year of operation, the first projects from Call 1 will soon be underway. As part of an ongoing series, the AENEAS newsletters will highlight these projects in more detail.
The core focus areas for PENTA Call 1 (& Call 2), Production Technologies, Health and Automotive, were well supported – while the cross cutting supporting capabilities were also covered. This illustrates the capability of PENTA to cover many aspects of the Electronics Value Chain.
CosmoDU (Compact, highly smart, modular drive control unit directly integrated in the electrical motors) is one of the first PENTA projects to start. It addresses the development of next generation drive units for production machines like intelligent industrial robots. The new drive unit will use self-learning capabilities for adjusting and improving its performance at application level (e.g., of the robot) during use in the field. Its communication features will enable the drive unit to exchange data with an external knowledge base, further improving its behaviour and triggering preventive maintenance before a failure occurs.