The 6G-IA, with AENEAS support, is organising a webinar on R&I goals and opportunities on micro-electronics for 6G networks next Thursday 15 December 2022, between 10:00 - 11:15 CET.
The purpose of the webinar is to identify the European policies and goals and discuss the related 2023 calls on this area by the KDT JU and the SNS JU.
The current race towards the definition of 6G systems has already started and is subject of vibrant competition from Europe’s main competitors, notably the US, China, Japan and South Korea. Microelectronics is becoming a key issue for competitive solutions provided by European vendors and suppliers and microelectronics companies worldwide are also expected to play an important role in the 6G standardisation activities, which should start around 2025. It is hence important to have a critical mass of microelectronic actors well prepared to contribute to the standardisation process, especially for the lower radio layers that are those where the bulk of essential patents for standards implementation are located.
The European Chips Act, adopted by the Commission in early 2022 aims to enhance Europe’s competitiveness and resilience in semiconductor technologies and applications and help achieve both the digital and green transition. One of its objectives is to help Europe reach leadership in chips for digital connectivity infrastructures. Europe has a leading position in the global connectivity infrastructure market, while at the same time has strong dependencies on chipset vendors from outside the European Union.
In the above context and with the aim of reinforcing European strength in microelectronics and connectivity, the KDT and SNS JUs are both launching focus topics as complementary activities in their respective Work Programmes.