Special Action in Microelectronics for Greece: Hellenic VLSI Design and Prototyping Environment


VLSI-DPE - 5692

Keywords technology transfer, ASICs, SMEs, Greece


Start Date: 01-JAN-91 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The VLSI-DPE Action represents a unique synergy of Greek industrial and academic resources in the area of microelectronics. The main objective of the project is to link VLSI design and prototyping technologies with industrial applications, and, in parallel, to advance the state of the art within Greece through knowledge transfer between industry and academic and research institutions, as well as knowledge transfer from abroad.

With its main emphasis on the design and development of VLSI components for direct incorporation into prototypes of industrial products, the VLSI-DPE Action is examining and specifying ways of mobilising existing qualified engineering personnel and of training new engineers coming into the field. The Action will provide the necessary infrastructure and, eventually, will lead to an acceleration in the industrial take-up and application of these emerging technologies.

The Action has been set up so that industry has the leading role in an application-specific environment, while academic institutions have a supportive (but no less significant) part to play. The deliverables of the various workpackages have direct application in the product activities of the participating SMEs. In this way both industry and academia gain the expertise required for the further improvement of VLSI technologies in Greece and hence of the country's industrial competitiveness.

The VLSI-DPE Action is divided into two main phases: VLSI design, and VLSI prototyping. The first phase (to be carried out under the aegis of ESPRIT) encompasses all the activities involved in setting up, training personnel for and operating the IC design sub-environment. The second phase (only the definition stage of which will be carried out within ESPRIT) covers similar activities oriented towards the IC prototyping sub-environment.

The key objectives of the VLSI-DPE project are to:

The consortium has built up a software environment for designing VLSI circuits. Specialised training courses have been organised and the participating companies (most of them SMEs) have made their first designs. More companies (SMEs mainly) have been linked with the consortium and its activities through a complementary project funded by the programme STRIDE. The consortium has also established links for transferring technology or the use of results from other ESPRIT projects (such as 5047, QUICKCHIPS).


CONTACT POINT

Mr V. Chalkiadakis
INTRACOM SA
19.5 KM Markopoulou Avenue
PO Box 68
GR - 19002 PEANIA ATTIKI
tel: + 30/ 1-664-4961
fax: + 30/ 1-664-3718
telex: 214087 INTR

Participants

INTRACOM SA - GR - C
ERGON SA - GR - P
ZENON SA - GR - P
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS - GR - P
NATIONAL TECHNICAL
UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - GR - P
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE - GR - P
FORTH RESEARCH CENTRE - GR - P
DEMOKRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE - GR - P
NCSR DEMOKRITOS - GR - P
L-CUBE SA - GR - A


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VLSI-DPE - 5692, December 1993


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