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MEDEA+ succession finalised

MEDEA+, the pan European microelectronics research programme, will be succeeded by CATRENE – the Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on Nanoelectronics – when it concludes next year.

CATRENE is being designed to build on the success of MEDEA+ – and JESSI and MEDEA beforehand – in fostering the continued development of a dynamic European ecosystem with the critical mass necessary to compete at a global level in high technology industries as these move into the era of nanoelectronics.
“For more than a decade, the JESSI, MEDEA and MEDEA+ programmes have made it possible for Europe’s industry to reinforce its position in semiconductor process technology, manufacturing and applications, and to become a key supplier to markets such as telecommunications, consumer electronics and automotive electronics”, said Jozef Cornu, pictured, chairman of MEDEA+ and designated chairman of CATRENE. “Nanoelectronics will offer enormous opportunities to those who are the first to master and bring to market new technologies and applications and we believe CATRENE will play a vital role in helping Europe’s microelectronics industry to go from strength to strength.”
Rather than address technology, CATRENE will focus on large identified application markets, addressing them through so called ‘Lighthouse Projects’, concentrating on such application areas as transportation, healthcare, security, energy and entertainment.

Graham Pitcher

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