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Eureka industrial initiative for microsystem uses

Microsystems initiative to accelerate the growth and
increase the market share of european industries in
innovative products and systems that use key components
based on micro-technologies, materials, tools and equipment.

EURIMUS will be a 60-month research and development programme on microsystems and their integration into innovative application products and systems. EURIMUS will be strongly focused on the needs of European countries. It will be industry-driven, market-oriented and aimed to achieve highly competitive results. EURIMUS could be compared at a lower scale to the EUREKA project JESSI/MEDEA which created a tool for the competitiveness of the European microelectronics industry. The main difference with JESSI/MEDEA will reside in the fact that EURIMUS will address within this framework programme a large number of projects - more than 100 projects which will emanate from large companies or SMEs. EURIMUS will build a widespread network of cooperation in the microsystem field in Europe sharing experience and resources in a European partnership. This industrial project will be complementary to existing European and national programmes and will offer the route to fast market growth through European cooperation. Projects will make use of design and simulation techniques, libraries, silicon and non-silicon-based technologies, manufacturing technologies, packaging, assembly and testing and customised system software. Microsystem technology aims at technological compatibility with substantial worldwide roadmaps in the U.S.A. and JAPAN. Product developments and manufacturing technologies will include the shortest turnaround, competitive cost and world class quality. EURIMUS microsystem devices or systems will address the following application fields: * multimedia and communication * automobiles and transport * medical and biochemicals * energy management * industrial process control * aeronautics and aerospace * geoscience * electronic commerce (identification and smart cards) * consumer products * computer games. Here are some examples of what could be done for the following market fields: * multimedia and communication technologies have a broad industrial impact and will make use of many microsystem devices such as micro-machined microphones, silicon micro-imaging devicers, inkjet nozzles, silicon read/write heads, positioning devices and smart mice, micro-machined switches and relays, micro-antennae, etc. * Automobiles and transport include: MAP, gearboxes, fuel injection, tyre monitoring, engine oil pressure, fuel tank monitoring, exhaust fume pressure, turbo monitoring, etc. * micro-machined acceleratometers: airbags, angular rate sensors, anti-skid roll over, gyroscopes, chassis stabilisation, vibration sensors, etc. * Medical and biomedical includes: pacemaker accelerometers, pressure disposable sensors, biochips, POCT (Point of Care Tests), glucose sensors, infusion pumps, smart catheters, drug delivery systems, smart patches, analytical instrumentation, electronic noses, chemical sensors, etc. * Consumer products include: anti-intrusion systems, domestic appliances, etc. The partners in this EUREKA application are applying for EUREKA status for the EURIMUS programme as described in a future Yellow Book. This Book will explain the rationale and strategy, the industrial core competence activities and the simple structure which will run the EURIMUS programme which is open to participation from other partners in EUREKA countries having the required expertise, experience and background information to undertake the work in a specific cooperative project. The individual contribution and obligation of the partners will be specified when specific cooperative subprojects and partnerships have been defined. Keywords: microsystems, microsensors, packaging.
Acronym: 
EURIMUS
Project ID: 
1 884
Start date: 
30-06-1998
Project Duration: 
60months
Project costs: 
400 000 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.