EU report: SOI-based technologies should play important role in capturing new markets

“High performing low power digital technology based on SOI” is an important part of the detailed plan submitted February 14th by the Electronics Leaders’ Group (ELG) to European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes.  (Press release here.) The group recommends the EU focus on:

  • Areas were Europe is strong – automotive, energy, industrial automation and security. The target is to double current production in the next 10 years.
  • New high growth areas, in particular Internet of Things (IoT) and the development of ‘Smart-X’ markets (e.g. smart homes, smart grids etc.).

The electronics industry CEOs said that Europe can capture up to 60% of new electronics markets, and double the economic value of semiconductor component production in Europe within the next 10 years.  “Advanced materials provide a path for breakthroughs and strong differentiation in silicon applications (Si-based, SOI, strain Si),” the report stated.

(It is worth noting that SOI is already well-represented in the areas cited for existing European strengths, with companies like NXP and ST producing enormous numbers of SOI-based chips for these markets.)

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