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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

11.11.2020Press release: 172/2020

Federal government approves new framework program for microelectronics with 400 million euros for research funding

Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek presents the new framework program for microelectronics. © BMBF / Hans-Joachim Rickel Today, Wednesday, the federal government has the framework program for research and innovation 2021-2024: Microelectronics. Trustworthy and sustainable. For Germany and Europe. decided, which was introduced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains about the cabinet decision: “With high-performance microelectronics we can shape the future of Germany and Europe. With the new framework program for the promotion of microelectronics, I want to ensure that we become a major international driver in the development and manufacture of sustainable and trustworthy microelectronics. Germany and the European Union must also in the future be able to understand, manufacture and further develop key technologies such as microelectronics on the basis of their own competence. In the competition for the technologies of the future, microelectronics will play an important role because it determines the capabilities of digital systems . This of course applies to smartphones and other everyday devices that we have at home. But it also affects industrial machines, cars, trains, communication networks and medical technology. These are sectors in which Germany is well positioned as an innovation country. And it should stay that way. For this we need companies with strong research skills – large corporations, but also the breadth of small and medium-sized companies. We need the relevant knowledge in our research institutes and universities. And we need scientifically trained professionals who can design the most advanced chips. All of this supports our research funding in the new microelectronics framework program, in which we will invest around 400 million euros by 2024. “Background: The new microelectronics framework program is designed to create the technological prerequisites for sovereign and sustainable digitization. This includes in particular automated circuit and system design, special processors for artificial intelligence, for example, or high-frequency electronics for radar sensors and future radio communication technologies. Research is also to be carried out on completely new types of electronics, which, for example, are based on how brain cells work (so-called neuromorphic chips). The research topics are selected in such a way that they strengthen economically and socially relevant fields of application: including artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, Industry 4.0 or smart health – i.e. maintaining health with the help of intelligent electronics. From 2021, researchers from science and industry can apply on the basis of competitive tenders The program builds on the successes of the program, which is currently running out of 2016, the Federal Government’s first specific electronics research program. The most advanced chip manufacturing technology in the world, the so-called EUV lithography, which has now gone into series production as a European monopoly, should be emphasized. The previous funding has also advanced more efficient current converter chips, for example, which are an important enabler for electromobility and the energy transition.


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