ECSEL JU project REFERENCE is awarded the French “Étoile de l’Europe” (“Star of Europe”) award for innovation.


We are very proud to announce that REFERENCE, led by the French company Soitec, has been awarded this important recognition of its major innovations in the domain of Silicon-on-Insulator semiconductors for radio-frequency applications by Frédérique Vidal, France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation.

The REFERENCE consortium comprises 15 multidisciplinary partners from four European countries. These include semiconductor manufacturers/vendors (Soitec, STMicroelectronics, Globalfoundries, Siltronic, Sentronics, TELIT, ATEP, AED, Airbus), three of Europe’s largest centres for applied research in microelectronics (CEA, FhG, IMEC) and three high-level universities (UCB-Lyon, TU-Dresden, UBW-Munich).

To quote for their press-release on the subject: Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec, said: “Our successful and ongoing participation in the European ECSEL program helps us to maintain our pole position in telecommunications. It showcases our capacity to translate semiconductor innovations into full-fledged ecosystems and gear them up to end consumer application levels. We pursue the new ECSEL initiatives, in particular BEYOND5, to further enhance the adoption of our technologies, and we remain committed to Europe’s objective to foster environmental sustainability and technological sovereignty.”


Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL JU, warmly congratulates the consortium. “This is exactly what we at ECSEL JU dream of: a sequence of projects, independently selected out of the calls for proposals based on the highest excellence, biggest impact and perfect implementation, building upon each other to deliver unique and important ‘Made in Europe’ technologies used on a worldwide scale. We highly appreciate that one of our projects has been awarded this trophy: it proves again that ‘thinking together, working together, and investing together’ at European scale really does deliver!”

The full press-release from Soitec is available here.