EUROEAST - Extension of EUROCHIP Services to Central and Eastern European Countries

EUROEAST - CP93-9093

Keywords: training, integrated circuit design, chip fabrication, microelectronics

Start Date: 1 April 94 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The objective of this project was to integrate institutions from Central and Eastern European countries into the EUROCHIP Action. The EUROCHIP services were used by more than 400 academic institutions in EC and EFTA countries enabling them to increase the quality and quantity of their trained students in order to meet the emerging needs of European industry. When EUROCHIP ended in September 1995, the services for academia were continued in the new project EUROPRACTICE.Under the EUROEAST, academic institutions from Central and Eastern European countries are supported in the use of design software. Low cost prototype chip fabrication is offered whereas the participation in the EUROCHIP advanced training courses was provided.

After an initial phase with special training courses and some "super-regional" meetings, a scientific cooperation is planned. Some funding of the EUROEAST contract is foreseen for activities of the 27 EUROCHIP members from Central and Eastern European countries.

European links: ESPRIT Basic Research Action EUROCHIP (6573), ESPRIT Project EUROPRACTICE (21101).

Progress and Results

The progress of the project was characterised by the fact that institutions from central and Eastern European countries were able to buy and use the same CAD software as their colleagues from EU countries and to have chip designs fabricated as prototypes. In addition, special meetings improved the information exchange between the partners.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

Central and Eastern European universities presented talks at the EUROCHIP and BENEFIT workshops. Scientific works have been submitted for publication and, as a result of the training, many M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses have been published. Additionally, a GaAs workshop was organised and a design software package of the Warsaw university running on PCs has been improved.


GMD - Gesellschaft für Mathematik
und Datenverarbeitung
Schloss Birlinghoven
D-53757 St. Augustin, D

EU Partners

GMD, St. Augustin, D
CMP, Grenoble, F
DTU, Lyngby, DK
IMEC, Leuven, B
RAL, Chilton, UK

Non-EU Partners

Polytechnical Institute of Bucharest, RO
Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, PL
Warsaw University of Technology, PL
Silesian Technical University, PL
Slovak Technical University, SK


Mr. A. Kässer
Tel: +49 22 41 14 2580
Fax: +49 22 41 14 2342

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EUROEAST - CP93-9093, May 1997

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