Special Action in Microelectronics for Spain


GAME-I - 5083

Keywords technology transfer, ASICs, smart power, integrated sensors, SMEs, Spain


Start Date: 01-OCT-90 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

This three-year Action has been designed for its initial phase to take maximum benefit of existing resources and facilities built up during previous Spanish initiatives. The activities will incorporate four underlying themes:

  1. Increasing awareness of microelectronics technology and applications and facilitating the exchange of experts between Spanish and other European organisations over the period of the Action.
  2. Transferring technology from existing ESPRIT projects. Naturally these transfers, for example of IC design systems, will be accompanied by the necessary training and support.
  3. Active demonstration to industry of practical applications of the technology.
  4. Research into advanced topics in preparation for future specific projects.

These themes are embodied in three focused lines of action:

The details of the Action were via a special GAME committee (Grupo Activador de la Microelectronica en España) which was formed by the general secretary of the National Plan for Industry and Development. It includes members from industry, academia and the administration. The committee designed the action and evaluated the detailed proposals received from Spanish industry.

Progress and Results

This Action has stimulated a great deal of activity, and there is concrete evidence of increased capacity for IC design in both the industrial and academic sectors.

Some 68 project proposals were submitted to the organising committee, GAME, and following success in the evaluation process, 51 projects were launched. Three of these projects are working in the smart-power sector, a further three are working on sensors, and the balance are undertaking ASIC demonstration activities. Whilst all of these projects are being executed in Spain, they are developing further trans-national links with other European counterparts already active in their respective fields.

The collaboration between the partners in these multi-partner projects is working well, especially the transfer between universities and companies. Some 20 companies have drawn on expertise from four principle academic support centres, though additional institutes and academic centres throughout Spain are involved. Geographically there are now activities in 11 of the 17 regions of Spain. It is also worth noting that whilst 22 of the companies participating in projects had some previous electronics experience, a further 38 companies had not been active in the electronics or microelectronics sector prior to the launch of the action. Nineteen of the ASIC demonstrator projects have now been successfully completed and the GAME committee is now monitoring the exploitation of the work as it moves into its industrial exploitation phase.

The smart-power project TOPIC has reported extremely promising result in terms of power efficiency for the DC-DC convertors it has been designing. The design work started in GAME and the new power switching devices which have resulted from the R&D work are today feeding into a follow on international collaboration in the ESPRIT project STATIC (6485).


CONTACT POINT

Mr José Ramón García Martínez
GAME Secretariat
Marqués de Urquijo, 26-1º Izq
E - 28008 MADRID
tel: + 34/ 1-542-01 86
fax: + 34/ 1-559-36 74

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GAME-I - 5083, December 1993


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