Hardware and technologies made in Europe

September 16, 2019

New visions for microelectronics – as part of SEMICON West, and together with the French research institute CEA-Leti, FMD organized a workshop entitled New Paradigms in Microelectronics – Providing R&D for the 21st Century. From quantum technology to neuromorphic computing and microelectronic devices for the next generation, the focus of the event was on the development of hardware and technologies for next-generation computing.

Joint workshop with CEA-Leti at SEMICON WEST

Whether it’s in our cars, in medical engineering, or in consumer electronics, artificial intelligence (AI) already supports our daily lives. Microelectronic devices and systems are the basis of smart applications. The current challenges include performance, security, and energy efficiency of the devices. The solutions to these challenges are the work of scientists at CEA-Leti in Grenoble, France, and the member institutes of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD). Experts from both organizations used short keynote lectures to present their work in this area. More than 150 participants from industry and research came together to discuss these topics. In addition to the workshop, the FMD was able to showcase its R&D expertise with a booth at the SEMICON West trade fair in San Francisco.

European alliance for next-generation computing

“We need strong European research and industry in microelectronics in order to meet the coming technological challenges.” With these words, Laith Altimime, director of the SEMI Europe association, opened the joint workshop. The workshop took place under the auspices of the Next-Generation Computing Alliance of the three European R&D organizations CEA-Leti, Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics with the FMD, and Belgium’s imec. The aim of the alliance is the joint development of the necessary hardware technologies for AI applications. You can see some more impressions of our appearance at SEMICON West and our joint workshop with CEA-Leti in our video:

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Visions and new paradigms for microelectronics – that was the theme of the workshop held jointly by the FMD and CEA-Leti as part of SEMICON West in San Francisco.
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In addition to the workshop with CEA-Leti, the FMD had the opportunity to showcase its R&D expertise at the SEMICON West trade fair.

Quotes from the workshop


»We are big and strong together.« Emmanuel Sabonnadière, Director of CEA-Leti

»We offer sustainable solutions – transparent and trustworthy hardware.« Patrick Bressler, Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics

»As an example the FMD offers industrial contract research until pilot fabrication and technology transfer to realize future MEMS based LiDAR systems.« Jörg Amelung, Managing Director of the FMD