Special Action in Microelectronics for Italy: Microelectronics Promotion in Italy

MEPI - 7500

Keywords technology transfer, ASICs, SMEs, Italy

Start Date: 1-FEB-1993 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The Special Action for Microelectronics in Italy aims to:

To reach these objectives, the Action draws on the experience and initial results obtained in the ESPRIT II Special Action I-SMILE (5085). The scope of this is now extended in terms of both the number of SMEs that will be trained and assisted in the design and testing of ICs, as well as the spectrum of technologies to be made available through technology transfer actions.

The approach taken consists of:


The Special Action in Microelectronics for Italy is implemented, along similar lines, through two projects: MEPI (7500), focusing on SMEs in central and northern Italy and on the strengthening of centres of competence, and SUMIS (7517), addressing the particular needs of SMEs in southern Italy. In the execution of the work, the best use of resources is ensured through coordination and synergy of effort between the two projects, as well as through cooperation with the Italian National Research Council.

A call for demonstrators has been published jointly by MEPI and SUMIS in March 1993. The response has been quite high, with 63 proposals submitted by SME/university or SME/research centre pairs. This further confirms the importance of microelectronics for industrial innovation in SMEs. At the same time, a call for Centres of Competence has been published within MEPI. 14 proposals have been received from Universities, research centres and industrial organisations. In both cases, the evaluation of the proposals has been completed and contracts for the development of 18 demonstrators and for the supporting activities of from 5 centres of competence are now in the final phase of negotiation.


Dr Luigi Lesca
Viale Ercolani, 8
I - 40138 Bologna
tel: + 39 / 51-498-378
fax: + 39 / 51-498-255


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MEPI - 7500, December 1993

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