Brussels, 04 Jul 2005
The industry-led ARTEMIS technology platform (advanced research and technology for embedded intelligence in systems) has warned that investment in pre-competitive research in embedded computing must rise 40 per cent by 2010 if Europe is to remain at the forefront of the digital economy.
The call came as ARTEMIS set out a strategic research agenda for the sector in Paris on 30 June, including an analysis of embedded systems research and development (R&D) in Europe versus the US and Japan, a vision and strategy document detailing research priorities and the leading technology domains, and an action plan designed to 'make it happen'.
According to Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding: 'Embedded computing is a priority area of our i2010 strategy to foster growth and jobs in the digital economy. This strategy combines a modernisation of regulatory instruments with strengthening investment into research and partnerships with industry on innovative projects to foster growth and jobs in Europe.'
Under its Sixth Framework Programme, the EU currently channels around 70 million euro per year into embedded systems research. According to ARTEMIS, the 40 per cent increase in pre-competitive funding which they are calling for would need to be supported by 640 million euro in public research funding (both EU and national), which industry would be expected to match.
Already 90 per cent of all computer chips and microprocessors are 'embedded', and the sector is growing at the rate of ten per cent per year. Embedded computing already provides an estimated 460,000 jobs worldwide, a figure expected to rise to 530,000 in 2010. According to ARTEMIS, if the opportunity is seized and sufficient investments are made now, this could mean an extra 150,00 new jobs for Europe.
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