EuroSOI Gears Up for Next Programme

Network successfully federating research collaboration.


Now entering its third year, the EuroSOI Thematic Network on Silicon on Insulator Technology, Devices and Circuits is delivering on its charter to “federate the existing research network on SOI topics.”

It is under the aegis of the European Commission’s research activities, which are structured around consecutive, four-year Framework Programmes (FP). The sixth program, which ends this year, established Information Society Technologies as a priority.

With FP7, the EC will be doubling its research budget, and successful projects such as EuroSOI that have shown they respond to the “competitiveness and employment needs of the EU,” are moving into high gear.

Specifically, EuroSOI has:

• More than 100 researchers from 30 partners throughout Europe (including universities, research labs, and leading corporations),

• Published a state-of-the-art report and SOI roadmap, summarizing the status of SOI technology (from materials to end-user applications), indicating how Europe should react in the following years to maintain leadership,

• Organized yearly workshops and courses, which have become an important event for European researchers. This year (March 2006, Grenoble) more than 50 papers were accepted. The next workshop will be organized by IMEC in 2007,

• Supported over a dozen scientific exchanges between partners, leading to significant results,

• Fostered collaboration with other European projects such as SINANO,

• Created a website with excellent resources, including links to abstracts for over 875 relevant articles in research journals around the world,

Recent and current projects cover topics such as nanodevices, radio communications, high-temperature SoCs, low-power logic and RF wireless.

For more information, go to www.eurosoi.org .

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