“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.)