FIT-IT Systems on Chip - Radical Innovation in a Nutshell

The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation, and Technology (BMVIT) has started the new program line "FIT-IT Systems on Chip." This initiative provides four to five million Euros for promising research projects in this seminal field.

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick - all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest}Austrian companies are indeed among the best worldwide in the area of microelectronics. In co-operation with Austrian research organizations they attained internationally outstanding achievements and market positions. In order to hold and extend this excellent position, it is absolutely necessary to support pre-competitive research and radical innovations in Systems on Chip. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation, and Technology (BMVIT) recognizes this necessity and hence has developed a new program line in its current research initiative FIT-IT (Research, Innovation, Technology - Information Technology): FIT-IT Systems on Chip. [picture: test measuring / photo credit: eutema technology management]

Since this field is developing with amazing rapidity, it is very difficult to anticipate future trends. The only thing that has been right for forty years now is Moore's law which states that, at the rate of technological development and advances in the semiconductor industry, the complexity of integrated circuits doubles every 18 months. Experts estimate Moore's Law to hold for at least another two decades. With the financial support of FIT-IT Systems on Chip, Austrian experts should be able to have a share in achieving this objective.

Systems on Chip (SoC) and Systems in a Package (SiP) are important topics in the ongoing Austrian IT-research, and the support of this research is likely to contribute to improved competitiveness of the Austrian economy. Submicron technologies, mixed analogue and digital systems, the control of the complexity of the design and the design-methodology, and the quality assurance all the way from the concept to the realized system are expected to be the main research topics of FIT-IT Systems on Chip.

The program FIT-IT has already funded its program line on Embedded Systems for several years, and last year started a second line on Semantic Systems. The results of running projects prove that the program owner, BMVIT, has chosen the right thematic topics and that the leverage effect of the funding so far will be very positive. In 2005 BMVIT will use approximately €11 million in total for FIT-IT; this amount will be further increased to as much as €15 million in 2006.

Information & Contact
More information on the program and its projects may be found on the FIT-IT webpage or contact the program management "eutema Technology Management": This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +43 1 524 53 16.{/access}