EFECS helps to understand the strategic challenges on ECS and to jointly develop the required roadmaps and strategic priorities adressing key themes, in the form of the Electronic Components and Systems Strategic Research Agenda (ECS-SRA).
This document - drafted by AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS - is updated annually with input from the EFECS audience through interactive workshops. Thus, the event provides the chance to actively contribute to the future strategy of R&D&I in this field of expertise. EFECS encourages "cross thematic" interaction to help address innovation along the full electronic components and systems value chain and highlights key developments effecting the ECS Community.
Each workshop is led by two workshop leaders, both experts active in writing the ECS-SRA, and consists of three parts:
Renzo Dal Molin
Healthcare faces a huge challenge in providing the same level of care, in an appropriate, efficient and cost-effective way, to a population of patients having single or multiple chronic diseases while the exposed population is increasing drastically due to an aging population or to poor life choices/ conditions. ECS have the potential to provide suitable components and systems solutions to address these societal challenges. ECS has also the capability to support the rising importance of personalised delivery of healthcare and to smarten existing healthcare providers and to assist the population in changing behaviours to improve their health.
The energy world is in transition: different energy sources are linked to achieve high efficiency, reliability and affordability. The growth of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power is changing the nature of the world’s power grids. The increasing distribution of power generation leads from today’s unidirectional to a distributed and bi-directional power flow. This situation requires intelligence and security features at each level of the grid and interfaces. Micro- and nano-electronics, integrated into power electronic modules and systems, are essential for an efficient, reliable and secure management of power generation, transmission, storage and consumption through smart grids, safe and secure system applications and devices.
All stakeholders of the European ECS industry, including nano-electronics, electronic device manufacturers and systems integrators (OEMs), together with the research institutes, contribute with innovative solutions, based on long-term continuous research on all Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), to achieve the targets jointly agreed on European level.
Significant reduction of primary energy consumption along with the reduced carbon dioxide emissions is the key objective of the Energy chapter. ECS are key enablers for higher efficiencies and intelligent use of energy along the whole energy value chain, from generation to distribution and consumption. Enhancing efficiency in the generation and distribution as well as reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint are the driving forces for the research in nano-/micro-electronics and in embedded and integrated systems to secure the balance between sustainability, cost efficiency and security of supply in all energy applications. .
Mario Diaz Nava
Eindhoven University of Technology
Precision farming is no longer a technology trend, but an essential element for ensuring sustainability of the global farming sector, considering both the business and the environmental perspectives. In this context, electronic component and system industry related to IoT play a key role as technology enablers for cost effective and easy to use solutions. This session relates to main challenge which covers farming and food value chain and addresses the following three main topics:
In this session we will outline the challenges, opportunities and trends of the current application sectors in the SRA. Moreover, the ongoing CSA:s have analyzed a number of other respective roadmaps or SRA’s for comparison. The shifting or extension of ECSEL focus is opening new visions. Finally, the session is inviting 1-2 visionary introductions from industry to concretize the directions for the foreseen major update for the ECSEL SRA, expected to be pieced together during 2021.
Jo De Boeck
As Moore’s Law started to break down with the size of transistor shrinking to near atomic scale, and Dennard’s scaling making the improvement of performance from each technology node smaller and smaller, it becomes harder and harder to increase performance and energy efficiency of electronic devices relying only on progress of silicon technology. In order to compensate this gap between the ever increasing demand in performance and technology capabilities, new innovative solutions are required at all levels, from architecture to technology. Computing turns towards alternative ways to get more computing power including massively parallel, heterogeneous, distributed designs of processors and accelerators. But it has a drastic impact on programming and on the efficient management of the ever-increasing complexity of systems. New technologies for nonvolatile memories could revisit the existing hierarchy of memories, and photonics can make communication more efficient at very high throughput. Investigations of new technologies from neuromorphic computing, spintronic, optical to quantum for the long term might open the way to new computing paradigms allowing to efficiently cope with the requirements of new Cyber-Physical Systems and Artificial Intelligence driven applications.
“The ECS SRA, by AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS, is currently the base-document for the scope and contents of ECS programmes such as ECSEL and PENTA. For its planned major up-date in 2021 the scope of the ECS-SRA might be adapted/redefined, which is why in this session special attention will be given to a possible/sensible broadening of the ECS SRA. In this context experts from three technology domains “integrated photonics”, “flexible electronics” and “software technologies” are invited to present their major challenges to solve, in which the relation with ECS technologies are essential to find solutions.”
Eindhoven University of Technology