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Pan-european partnership in micro- and nano-electronic technologies and applications

Penta is a new eureka cluster in micro- and nano-electronics that will support the vision, strategy and planned implementation contained in the european industrial strategic roadmap for micro- and nano-electronic components and systems as prepared by the electronic leaders group.

The rate of change in the field of micro- and nano-electronics continues to increase providing both immense opportunity and high risk to European companies. The Electronic Leaders Group, established by former European Commission VP Kroes, has defined a strategy for maintaining and enhancing European leadership in micro- and nano-electronic components and systems. The new Cluster will be designed to support this strategic roadmap and its related implementation plan in key areas of microand nano-electronics based systems. Europe is well positioned in having industry leading companies in some of the most active applications segments and also advanced technology that supports competitive exploitation through products and services. However these leadership positions will only be maintained if technology and application development matches the rapidly changing nature of the market. In addition, rapid advantage must be taken of any new market segments as they develop and new opportunities identified that can be built on and exploited. Further to the European strategy for Key Enabling Technologies, the European Commission established the ECSEL Joint Undertaking. This partnership between the private and the public sectors for electronic components and systems encompasses the areas of micro- and nano-electronics, embedded/cyberphysical and smart integrated systems and application. Micro- and nano-electronics based systems are at the core of new opportunities and their development and exploitation in “value chains” are of national and European interest and must be helped to innovate and grow. These value chains develop and change continuously and it is important that those that can be most beneficial to the European economy are quickly identified, prioritised and exploited by industry. Industry needs a programme that is dedicated to micro- and nano-electronics, complementary to but differentiated from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, which will support projects that can be set up quickly and implemented in a manner that matches the specific needs of the project objectives and the participants. It should be a flexible and agile programme that identifies opportunities, quickly assesses national governmental support and operates with a short, but effective, approval process, to ensure the opportunity for rapid competitive exploitation as soon as the necessary research and development activities have been completed. With its focus on smaller, faster and flexible projects, the new Cluster will provide an opportunity to quickly take advantage of rapidly developing markets and their related value chains. Leverage across the electronic industry value chain is very significant, being a factor of ten or more between the core semiconductor industry, including equipment, materials and tools at one end, and downstream application segments in which Europe is world leader at the ”top” of the chain.
Acronym: 
PENTA
Project ID: 
9 911
Start date: 
01-01-2016
Project Duration: 
60months
Project costs: 
1 500 000 000.00€
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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.