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MARCH 2006 - No 1

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contents

2 • The tune of success

by Yrjö Neuvo,

Chairman of ARTEMIS

ARTEMIS is a quaterly

journal published by

the ARTEMIS Office,

which provides

information on the

developments

within the ARTEMIS

Technology Platform.

Interviews: Novalis,

Layout and printing:

Imprimerie Bonnaud,

Pictures:Alun Foster

For further information,

visit our website:

www.artemis-office.org

Please send

your comments or

contributions to

sophie.batasbjelic@thalesgroup.com

4 • Developing the

collaborative approach

between SMEs and Major

European Industries

6 • The strategic Research

Agenda : defining the

ARTEMIS vision

by Laila Gide and Eric Schutz,

Co-Chairmen of the SRA

working group

8 • The experts take

the stage

10 • The joint technology

initiative : designing a novel

approach to funding

by Jan van den Biesen,

Chairman of the funding strategy and

JTI structure working group

12 • IMEC gathers private

and public resources for

program-driven research

by Johan Vounckx,

IMEC, Leuven, Belgium

13 • ARTEMIS on the fly

14 • Promoting innovation :

how ARTEMIS will drive

European excellence

by Dominique Potier,

Chairman of the innovation

environment working group


EDITO

The tune

of success

by Yrjö Neuvo, Chairman of ARTEMIS

In the course of 2004, European industry leaders including ABB, Daimler-

Chrysler,Thales, STMicroelectronics, Ericsson,Airbus, Philips, Bosch and Nokia,

among many others, have joined forces to create Artemis, a novel European

Technology Platform (ETP). Artemis (Advanced Research and Technology for

Embedded Intelligence and Systems) is a public-private partnership becoming

operational in 2007 and involving the European Commission, European Union

member states and the industry, with a common goal of defining and driving a

coordinated research and development strategy on a pan-European level, in the

area of embedded computing systems, the electronics and software that provide

intelligence to products, processes and services.

Why embedded systems ?

Because on-board electronics are of strategic

importance to an increasing number of European

industrial sectors. Embedded systems are everywhere,

built into cars, roads and tunnels, into

medical instruments, into homes, and offices, into

airplanes and airports, into mobile phones, sometimes

even into our clothes.And they represent

an increasing share of the value of modern goods

and services. To give a sense of scale, embedded

software and electronics represented 22% of a car’s

value in 1997.This is expected to grow to approximately

33 to 40% by the end if this decade.

Also, if the United States have been the main driver

of the desktop computing revolution, Europe has

been quietly leading the less visible revolution of

embedded systems. Quite an enviable position, in

fact, as embedded electronics are the fastest growing

sector in Information Technologies, with a 10.3%

worldwide growth rate until 2011 at the very least.

By that year, there will be 16 billion embedded

devices in our daily lives, or 3 devices for every person

on Earth. But if Europe is to maintain and reinforce

its leading position in such a strategic field for

so many industrial sectors, and effectively face a

strengthening American and Asian competition, a

novel set of coordinated R&D initiatives must be

undertaken. In practice, however, a spontaneous

collaboration of the European industry would have

been unlikely, without the catalyst of the European

Commission. Indeed, someone had to dial the wake

up call.

This is precisely what European Commissioner

Erkki Liikanen had in mind when he called the first

meeting of a High Level Group from leading companies

and research institutions in January 2004,

and challenged the group to overcome the fragmentation

of research, attract the necessary funding,

build the required skills and expertise, create an

innovation-friendly environment and exploit the

opportunities that arise from Europe’s enlargement

to 25 countries.The initiative immediately received

a significant support from the industry, with close

to 100 companies expressing strong commitment.

In June 2004,Artemis was born.

Where are we now ?

The realisation of the ARTEMIS vision continues

with the support of Commissioner Viviane Reding.

Over the past year and a half, we have set up our

Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), we have decided

along which lines we will drive our collaboration

projects, we have set up our juridical structure, we

have resolved governance issues and we have

designed an innovative funding approach, through

our Joint Technology Initiative (JTI). All this was

made possible by the exceptional commitment of

over 100 specialists from our member companies

and institutions, who have been working after hours

to create value for the project, effectively steering

clear of bureaucratic bottlenecks and, in due

course, making Artemis a reality.

Our goals are ambitious. With public and industry

funding that should reach €5.4 billion,Artemis aims

at creating an enhanced environment that will allow

any doubling of the complexity of embedded systems

to come with a 20% reduction in design

efforts. By 2016, 50% of worldwide embedded systems

will be based on Artemis efforts. To achieve

this, we will reinforce R&D collaboration at the

highest level.We also aim at creating an ecosystem

of small to medium size technology companies and

industry sub-contractors, to support the larger

industry players. Our goal is also to increase

cooperation between corporations and higher education

institutions, to allow schools and universities

to deliver the right skills in the shortest time.

Finally, one other core goals of Artemis is to

enhance public awareness and create excitement

around the field of embedded systems.We see it as

part of our duty to make all necessary efforts to

attract young talents, who will become the skilled

scientists and business leaders that our industries

will need tomorrow.With this in mind, we are creating

the Artemis Orchestra, a contest open to

young teams from universities and schools, who will

be challenged to produce embedded computer systems

able to play real musical instruments.The rules

become public in March. Annual contests will bring

these intelligent instruments together on a yearly

basis, for an innovative public performance. Every

passing year, we expect to see the Artemis

Orchestra grow in skill and numbers, and play

under the direction of a real live professional conductor,

to the tune of European excellence and

success.

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INVOLVING SMEs

Five questions to

Emmanuel Leprince

President of the European Federation

of high tech SMEs

However, even though this pre-contract

phase is essential to the development of an

SME, the European Federation of high-tech

SMEs believes that the main obstacle to SME

growth is the limited access to purchases.

This is why we have proposed to ARTEMIS

an approach that we have been implementing

in France since 2005: the SME Pact.

Developing the collaborative

approach between SMEs and

Major European Industries

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ARTEMIS Governance fosters the

involvement of research intensive SMEs in

the European collaborative research.

The model of collaboration is inspired by the

“SMEPact”, signed in 2004 by 19 large companies,

public procurement agencies or large RTD programmes.The

SMEPact is a voluntary commitment

by such organisations to enhance their working

relationship with the best research-intensive SMEs.

The Pact offers support schemes for the identification

of SMEs and the reduction of risk inherent to

working with small companies.

SMEs are represented in the Steering Board

of ARTEMIS by the European Federation of high

tech SMEs, co-ordinator of the EMTECH support

action financed by the European Commission

(www.emtech-sme.org)

The Federation’s role is to identify relevant

SMEs across Europe and to set up a network of

“ARTEMIS correspondents” which will reinforce

SME involvement in the development of the

Strategic Research Agenda,

The Federation organises brokerage events

between European SMEs and the large European

companies involved in Embedded Systems.

The first event of this kind took place on June 29,

2005, one day before the ARTEMIS Paris conference.

It was hosted by Comité Richelieu, a private

non profit association of high tech companies,

French founding members of the Federation,

together with OSEO, the new French SME agency.

The ARTEMIS SME event has brought together

120 SME representatives from 16 countries and

30 large company representatives such as ABB,

ARM, Robert Bosch, British Telecom, CEA, Comau,

Continental Teves, Daimler Chrysler, Eurocopter,

Finmeccanica, Infineon, ITEA, MBDA, MEDEA+,

Nokia, Renault, Siemens, STMicroelectronics &

Thales.

The purpose of the event was to initiate contact

■ between SMEs and large companies

■ between SMEs from different countries in the

perspective of the IST5 Call

■ between ARTEMIS and its potential “SME

correspondents” across Europe.

New events will take place in 2006.This time, their

objective will be to focus on the key research topics

identified by the Strategic Research Agenda

working groups, and identify SMEs across Europe

whose competence could reinforce European leadership

in Embedded Systems.

In 2006, the European Federation of high tech SMEs

will chair an “SME Involvement” Working Group

whose ambition is to monitor SME participation in

the ARTEMIS-linked activities.Today,ARTEMIS is the

only ETP to develop this collaborative approach.

Should Europe focus on its already

established champions or provide more

support to SMEs?

We believe in a collaborative approach, not

in the opposition between large and small

companies. Focusing on champions or giving

priority to small companies reveals a static

vision of the economy in which the small

companies do not grow and become global

players.

Achieving the Lisbon objective will depend

on R&D investment from the private sector.

Large European companies already

invest more than their American counterparts.The

critical problem is that there are

not enough of them.

The issue is not to find ways of helping

SMEs to invest more, but for them to grow

and become large companies. They are

stopped in their growth by what has been

called “the glass ceiling”.

What is this glass ceiling?

Companies evolve in a very competitive

environment. Not only do they compete

for markets but they also compete for

funding, human resources, investment, etc.

In all these cases, there is a general preference

for the larger and older company,

because it has more resources, because it is

better established, etc. In other words, our

current economic system is based not on

the survival of the best, but on the survival

of the fittest.

But a significant share of the contracts

awarded to large companies is

outsourced to SMEs?

True, but this position is less favourable to

the growth of companies because margins

are not taken by producers but by project

integrators.

What could be the role of ARTEMIS

and its potential Joint Technology

Initiative?

For an SME, one of the main features of any

large cooperative research programme, its

added value, is that it makes it possible to

co-operate with large companies, even

from the R&D phase.We support any kind

of programme that encourages SMEs to cooperate

with large firms, be it in the framework

of Technology Platforms or EUREKA

Clusters.

A meeting place with potential clients

Access to large companies is listed as important by 79% of

the ITEA/MEDEA+ participating SMEs

Source: HTFED survey for ITEA/MEDEA+,

May/June 2005, 72 answers on 280 SMEs

80%

79%

63%

51%

36%

26%

14%

Large Japanese companies and the Japanese government reduce risk by buying from large

companies with which they have long and tight relationships. When purchasing decisions

are based on personal relationships and reputation instead of on product quality, start-ups

cannot compete.

The Japanese entrepreneur / making the desert bloom

Edward A. Feigenbaum, Stanford University, 2002

The Government’s philosophy is that there should be a level playing field for business seeking

to bid for contracts. At present, public sector structures and practices too often mean

that small businesses are disadvantaged through lack of knowledge of available opportunities

or assessment and selection systems that unfairly disadvantage them. As a result, the

public sector too often misses out on gaining access to best value, efficient and innovative

suppliers of goods and services.

Small Business Service

Access to Public Procurement for Small & Medium Enterprises

Progress Report, March 2005

What is the SME Pact based upon?

The SME Pact is inspired by the American

Small Business Act* but contrarily to it, it

does not thwart competition but enhances

it. It aims at improving access for innovative

European SMEs both to public procurement

and purchases made by the large

companies. It can also be extended to public

R&D programmes.

The stake is huge: It is widely estimated that

a European SME Pact would generate an

annual flow of €100,000 million worth of

contracts for SMEs.ARTEMIS, by supporting

such an initiative, would once more show

the way for improved collaboration between

large and small companies.

*In 2003, €90,000 million worth of contracts for

public procurement was awarded to American SMEs,

through the framework of the US Small Business Act

(SBA).The SBA requires that a minimum of 23% of

the direct contracts and 40% of subcontracts be allocated

to SMEs (less than 500 employees).

Access to funding

Access to large companies

Access to technologies

Accelerated RTD for products and services

Access to other SMEs

Participation to standardisation

Optimised generation and definition of IPR

The European Federation of high tech SMEs

is an international association registered

under Belgian law, funded for five partners

in 1998 during the first Innovation Forum

held by the European Commission in

Vienna.Today it brings together more than

fifty partners in research intensive domains,

including information and communication

technologies, aeronautics and space, energy,

automotive and defence industries.The

European Federation of high tech SMEs is

member of the ITEA and ARTEMIS Board,

with the aim of establishing a collaborative

governance model based on the SME Pact.

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RESEARCH

The Strategic Research Agenda :

defining the ARTEMIS vision

Eric Schutz, Co-chairman of SRA working group

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Laila Gide is a graduate

of the Polytechnics

School of Alexandria

(Egypt). She is director

of European R&D collaboration

programs

for Thales and is a

member of Artemis'

steering board.

Laila Gide,

Co-chairman of SRA working group

What is the Artemis Strategic Research

Agenda ?

Artemis has been created to ensure Europe realises

its full potential in the new markets for embedded

electronic systems.This implies an overall role

of coordination and strategy development.

Following the actual creation of Artemis in June

2004, the SRA working group has been set up to

organise all aspects of Artemis' existence.

In the summer of 2005, we released the first version

of our Strategic Research Agenda (SRA).This document

explains the goals of Artemis, organises ways by

which all stakeholders may engage in coordinated

action, proposes an appropriate governance structure,

sets long term financial and operational objectives

and details novel ways of obtaining the appropriate

level of funding.The SRA is a complete description

of what Artemis is all about, what we plan to do

and by which means we expect to reach our goals.

How was the SRA produced ?

We have been using a double approach in determining

our goals and targets.We started with a top

down approach. We reviewed our founding members'

long term objectives and their vision of where

the European embedded systems industry should

ultimately stand.We then translated these high level

business objectives into research priorities and

challenges.

At the same time, we followed a bottom up

approach. We engaged in a dialogue with experts,

scientists and engineers, to determine which main

technological limits they face and set the appropriate

research priorities. By bringing together the

conclusions drawn by these two approaches, we

were able to provide clear guidelines on which areas

of research should be addressed through Artemis

and set the corresponding targets and roadmaps.

Who will be using the SRA ?

The SRA is a master document that draws on the

conclusions of all Artemis working groups. Every

aspect of Artemis is being clearly outlined. In many

ways, it is a research program stating our goals and

targets over the next 10 years, with a description of

all resources Artemis partners may leverage. Every

company, research institution and government body

involved, may therefore turn to the SRA for

guidance on how to efficiently interact in the

Artemis efforts, and for a better understanding of

the role of each category of stakeholder.

What is the next step ?

Eric Schutz (57) is a

civil engineer graduated

from the University

of Leuven, Belgium.

Now vice-president of

External Technology

Coordination at

STMicroelectronics, he

also represents ST on

Artemis' steering board.

The first iteration of the SRA was ready by the

summer of 2005. It was then circulated among

Artemis members and discussed as needed. The

finalised version that is made public today reflects

the opinions and ideas of all public and private

stakeholders.

We are now moving into a second phase, with the

help of three expert working groups, who will be

submitting applied proposals, in three strategic

areas : Reference designs and architectures,

Seamless connectivity and middleware, Design

methods and tools. These groups are managed by

dynamic and creative experts, from Artemis member

companies and research centres throughout

Europe. The detailed research propositions will be

provided by all three groups during the Artemis

Annual Conference which this year will be held in

Graz,Austria, on May. 23rd-24th

What will the SRA change in the way

research is conducted ?

The framework that has been set through the SRA

and the JTI will allow for a substantial increase in

the volume of collaborative research in which

European industry leaders, emerging technology

companies and research institutes will engage.

Collaborative R&D may now be considered on a

totally different scale.

Also, producing the SRA has provided the opportunity

to audit the methods and tools European partners

use in their collaborative efforts. By rethinking

our means of cooperation, we are opening up new

ways of enhancing the quality and efficiency of

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RESEARCH

Reference design

and architecture

The experts

take the stage

Design methods

and tools

Bob Malcolm, Professor Ideo Ltd

In Artemis we seek to be able to develop highly

complex systems efficiently, effectively and with

consistent quality. Coherent, capable and interoperable

design methods and tools are essential to

achieve this.

Radical design and verification methodologies,

enabling both software and hardware instantiation

from high-level descriptions with automatic co-verification,

are required in order to achieve an order

of magnitude advance in productivity. They must

support heterogeneity, such as power-efficient mapping

onto heterogeneous multiprocessing devices

and complex memory hierarchies. They must support

the development processes of the ‘virtual

enterprise’.

At present, the research and development needed

to evolve design methods and tools is conceived in

isolation, in a bottom-up fashion, without consideration

of an overall framework which enables the

integration of the results of the research – often a

prototype of a tool – into a methods and tools ecosystem.

This is particularly true in the methods and tools

domain where no coherent roadmap has been

established to provide a context for the coherent

evolution of the various tools and methods used

for all the subparts of design and verification activities

- application software, hardware related software

and middleware, electronics system level

design, and hardware design.

The ARTEMIS Expert Group on Design Methods and

Tools is working towards this goal. In the first

phase, a reference design flow has been established.

This encompasses system design, application software

design, hardware related software and middeware

design, electronics system level design, and

hardware design, and brings them all into a coherent

framework. In addition, the group has identified

the priorities for research in each part of the design

flow.

The next phase will reference existing tools and

methods and how they address design issues and

challenges outlined by the ARTEMIS SRA. Finally, the

group will create recommendations for the implementation

of the Design Methods and Tools

Strategic Agenda.

Seamless

connectivity

& middleware

Jean-Luc Dormoy, Christophe Lécluse, CEA

All digital objects, from simple sensors or RFID tags,

up to subsystems in complex systems, are today

connected.

However, there are many often incompatible ways

to enable connectivity. Connectivity must become

seamless to free the user: it must become as natural

and obvious as air.

Connectivity must be used to provide the user with

useful services, as versatile as driving assistance,

nomadic access to knowledge and entertainment,

energy management, homecare for elderly people…

To make this possible, a new generic software infrastructure

must be built: middleware. It assures

some very basic functions, that are invisible to the

user, nevertheless absolutely necessary – indeed

the user would clearly notice its absence:

Middleware ensures discovery and deployment of

new services when they become available.

Middleware manages the computing resources distributed

in the user’s environment, with as little

user intervention as possible.

Middleware ensures security, and privacy.

Middleware takes care of faults, and ensures graceful

degradation of service if something goes wrong. It

helps in diagnosing the system to correct faults.

Seamless connectivity and middleware is therefore

going to be essential to all industries selling intelligent

products.The Working Group defines research

priorities that will make it possible.

Herman Kopetz, Institut für Technische Informatik,TU Wien

The objective of the Expert Group for Reference

Designs and Architectures is to define the research

priorities for future embedded systems that will

lead to the creation of a generic platform and a suite

of abstract components with which new developments

in different application domains can be engineered with

minimal effort. Generic platforms, or reference

designs, will be based on a common architectural

style that supports the composition of systems out

of pre-validated independently developed subsystems

that meet the requirements of the different

application domains.

In a first phase, the Expert Group has collected a set

of requirements and constraints for such a generic

platform and classified these requirements and constraints

from the point of view of the different

application domains of embedded system (automotive,

industrial, consumer electronic). A first analysis of

these classifications indicates that there is high

degree of overlap of these requirements and constraints

and that the design of a common architectural

style that fits with the needs of the diverse

application domains of embedded systems is technically

feasible. The emerging generic platform has

to satisfy the following top-level requirements and

constraints:

■ Composability

■ Networking and Security

■ Robustness

■ Diagnosis and Maintenance

■ Integrated Resource Management

■ Evolvability

■ Self Organization

In the next phase we will investigate these top-level

requirement and constraints in order to delimit the

design space for the evolving ARTEMIS reference

design, following the proven architectural principle

that good design comes from the proper constraints.

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FUNDING

The Joint Technology Initiative :

designing a novel approach

to funding

What are the funding needs of Artemis ?

Artemis is a novel 7 year program, that should

enter into an operational phase in 2007.As a whole,

Artemis will require an estimated 5.4 billion euros

of industry and public funding throughout its life

cycle. It is expected that slightly more than 50% will

be provided by the industry players themselves.The

remainder should be provided by the European

Commission and the european member states.

Achieving the ambitious goals set by Artemis’SRA

will indeed require a critical mass of resources, as

well as effective coordination. This can only be

achieved through a Joint Technology Initiative, as

described under Article 171 of the European Treaty.

What is Artemis' Joint Technology

Initiative ?

The JTI is a durable industry-led public-private partnership,

combining private sector resources, with

national and european public funding. Through

Artemis' JTI, we are proposing a new funding

scheme for transnational collaborative R&D.

Provided the JTI develops successfully, industry is

expected to double its investment in collaborative

R&D from 225 million euros in 2005 to 450 million

euros in 2010. Public funding will also be expected

to rise to 450 million euros annually by 2010, to

match industry investments.

The industrial partners of Artemis will cover the

organisational costs of the JTI, along with its

operational structure.

Who is driving Artemis' JTI ?

The JTI is a feature of the European Union's

Framework Program for R&D. The European

Commission is expected to launch six JTIs next

year, one of them dedicated to embedded electronic

systems. By law, the JTI is therefore an EC initiative.

However, in the field, Artemis' JTI is coordinated

by the Funding Strategy and JTI Structure

working group. This working group includes members

of participating industry players, as well as

directors of ITEA and MEDEA, with whom we

closely cooperate and whose experience in handling

funding issues if of great value to us.The working

group also closely interacts with the Mirror

Group, representing public authorities at national,

regional and european levels, in their function as

policy makers, regulators and funding bodies

Why design a novel funding scheme ?

We have designed this unique funding initiative with

the intention of combining the qualities of all existing

european public funding schemes. Prior to the

Artemis JTI, european joint research programs in

the field of embedded systems could apply for

public funding through both the Eureka program

and the European Union's Framework program.

Within Eureka, two programs involve embedded

systems : ITEA, for software research projects, and

MEDEA, for micro or nano electronics.

Increasingly, though, the boundaries between hardware

and software are blurring. Embedded Systems

can no longer be designed using two separate

threads of hardware and software that are merged

at later stages.Through our JTI, we wish to provide

the right funding vehicle to address today's multidisciplinary

collaborative research projects.

On the practical side, we also expect to combine

the benefits of easy project submission, fast proposal

examination and effective synchronisation of

funding response from member states, along with

innovative public funding mechanisms that will be

an incentive for participating companies to increase

the collaborative R&D spending.

What level of response has the JTI

received ?

Our proposed JTI has met strong support among

all categories of stakeholders. So far, over 12 countries

have committed their support to our Joint

Technology Initiative. The member states of ITEA

and MEDEA have also provided their active support.

On the industry side, 15 major corporations

have confirmed their commitment to the scheme,

including Daimler-Chrysler, Nokia, Philips, Thales

and ST Microelectronics.

by Jan van den Biesen,

Jan van den Biesen (52) is a

physicist. He is vice-president

of research at Philips.

Within Artemis, he was first

chairman of the governance

working group. Today, Jan

van den Biesen is chairman

of Artemis' Funding Strategy

and JTI Structure working

group.

Chairman of the Funding Strategy

and JTI Structure working group

What is the next step for the JTI ?

The Artemis JTI is intended to be part of the 7th

EC Framework Program, that will be effective from

2007 through 2013. We have made remarkable

progress in leveraging all potential partners and are

now expecting formal approval by European

authorities before this summer. Operations will

then start effectively in 2007.

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FUNDING

ARTEMIS on the fly

IMEC gathers private and public

resources for program-driven

research

OFDM/MIMO prototype

by Johan Vounckx, IMEC, Leuven, Belgium

Today, IMEC cooperates with several hundreds of

industrial partners and research institutions from all

over the world: IMEC recognizes joint R&D as a

necessary step in the development of the most

advanced technologies. IMEC’s partners are active

in virtually all segments of the microelectronics

value chain, including semiconductor manufacturers,

equipment and material suppliers, electronics

system houses, design and IP providers, EDA vendors,

fabless companies and semiconductor

foundries. A variety of cooperation schemes, tuned

to the needs of industry, allow companies, universities

and research institutes to participate in R&D

programs.

Collaboration with industry, both on a local and

international level, accounts for a significant part of

IMEC’s self-generated revenues (85% in 2004). The

remainder is achieved through projects of the

About the M4 (multi-mode multi-view) program

The digitalization of electronics enables the convergence of high quality multi-media services

with high speed data communication. This offers ubiquitous access to the Internet and anywhere,

anytime use of services, content and applications. As such, mobile terminals will have

to efficiently deal with a multitude of communication modes (such as WLAN, 3G/4G, 802.16e

and DVB-H) and content formats (such as MPEG-2/4,AVC/H.264 and Scalable Video Coding).

Low-power implementation of complex functionality combined with flexibility to deal with

legacy standards and future algorithmic developments, requires both algorithmic optimization

towards the platform architecture and a new highly efficient programmable core with performance

and power specifications well beyond state-of-the-art cores. In this context IMEC

does research on new processor architectures, tools to efficiently map algorithms on platforms,

system level power optimization, and based on this build innovative SDR (software

defined radio) and 3MF (mulitmedia multi-format codecs).

European Space Agency, the local Government and

the European Commission. The annual grant of the

Government of Flanders (34 million euro in 2005)

adds to the public funding, resulting in joint public

and private resources.

IMEC is pursuing the right balance between fundamental

and applied research, bridging the gap

between fundamental research at universities and

technology development in industry.

IMEC’s unique balance of processing and system

know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-ofthe-art

infrastructure, its pool of international

talent and the strong network of companies, universities

and research institutes worldwide, position

IMEC as a successful interdisciplinary microelectronics

research centre.

About IMEC

IMEC is a world-leading independent research center

in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its

research focuses on the next generations of chips

and systems, and on the enabling technologies for

ambient intelligence.As an expansion of its wireless

research, IMEC has created a legal entity in the

Netherlands. Stichting IMEC Nederland runs activities

at the Holst Centre.

IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has

representatives in the US, China and Japan. Its staff

of about 1400 people includes close to 500 industrial

residents and guest researchers. In 2005, its

revenues are estimated to be close to 200 million

euro. Further information on IMEC can be found on

www.imec.be.]

The ARTEMIS 2006 Annual conference will take place in Graz, Austria, from

May 22nd to 24th.The 3-day conference will start on 22 May with an evening

reception.The conference will be attended by members of the Austrian government, the

city of Gratz, the European Commission, and representatives from major industries in

Europe.

Companies and universities will have the opportunity to organize a poster exhibition.

Registration will soon be opened to participants via the ARTEMIS website:

www.artemis-office.org.

For further information, please contact the ARTEMIS Office:

artemis@thalesgroup.com

ARTEMIS will be represented at

the European ICT-Research and

Innovation Policy Event organized

by the Austrian Federal Ministry of

Transport, Innovation and Technology

(BMVIT) which will take place in Vienna, on

March 22 and 23. On this occasion,

ARTEMIS will present its experience as a

European Technology Platform in order to

contribute to the identification of concrete

measures to be implemented on national

and European levels.

ARTEMIS will also be represented

at the European Technology

Platforms Conference,

which will take place on May 4-5 2006 in

Vienna. The event will be hosted by the

Austrian Research Promotion Agency

(FFG), on behalf of Federal Ministry of

Economics and Labour of the Republic of

Austria and in conjunction with the European

Commission. ARTEMIS will join the a

broad audience of ETP’s invited to provide

their contribution in order to raise awareness

and discuss horizontal issues relevant

to European Technology Platforms (ETP’s).

ARTEMIS Website

ARTEMIS has launched its new website, www.artemis-office.org, which as you can tell from

the name is now fully maintained by the ARTEMIS Office. (If you still use the old link to the

EC-hosted website, you may like to update your “favourites”). It includes information on

ARTEMIS, its governance, members and background documents. Moreover, the site has features

that allow members of ARTEMIS to access working documents, depending on their

domains of expertise, and to information related to the meetings.You can request a login

name and password from the ARTEMIS Office: artemis@thalesgroup.com

ARTEMIS

Membership

ARTEMIS is an open platform

with ambition to serve the entire

Embedded Systems community.

Therefore, the founding members

of ARTEMIS wish to stimulate the

involvement of all relevant stakeholders

and invite you too to

become a member of ARTEMIS.

Please “join us” by subscribing via

the ARTEMIS website:

www.artemis-office.org

ARTEMIS and the

inter-ICT Platform

Working Group

ARTEMIS and some other key ICT-related

Technology Platforms (ENIAC, eMobility,

NEM and NESSI) have collaboratively produced

a document that positions each

platform within the relevant areas of ICT,

and where it is crucial that Europe

strengthens its leadership in the years to

come. Each of them has a clear focus,

though there are some overlaps, which are

indeed necessary to ensure a seamless

transition between the areas. Any ICTrelated

service that is brought to the

European citizen is expected to make use

of technologies which will have been

defined and implemented via all five

Platforms, e.g. a movie displayed to the

end-user (NEM) after having been transferred

via a mobile communications network

(eMobility), using service-enabling

software (NESSI), received by an embedded

device (ARTEMIS) built out of chipsets

(ENIAC). The five ICT Platforms together

call for support for Research & Development

from national and regional sources,

as well as the European Commission, in a

well-coordinated manner, as each euro

spent in ICT Research and Development is

guaranteed to have a significant impact

on growth and employment.

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INNOVATION

Promoting innovation :

how ARTEMIS will drive

European excellence

What is the purpose of the Innovation

Environment working group ?

Our purpose is to ensure that the results of all

R&D efforts engaged in by all stakeholders within

Artemis translate into new products and market

opportunities in a fast and effective way.We wish to

make sure that there is a clear and obvious value

chain, from the first steps of research, all the way

down to designing products and services available

to all european players in the area of embedded

systems.

Our hope is that by encouraging a more effective

relationship between research and product development,

Artemis will accelerate the pace of innovation.

How can Artemis effectively contribute to

bringing innovation to the market ?

There are several directions in which we may provide

some guidance and expertise.We are submitting

a series of proposals to draw the research

efforts of institutes and academic bodies closer to

the long term needs of the industry.We are designing

ways of actively encouraging the emergence and

growth of an ecosystem of small to medium size

technological companies, with a clear monitoring of

the level of activity they are able to engage with

larger industrial players.

But first and foremost, we wish to create the right

environment within Artemis, to encourage key

industry players to effectively collaborate on large

parts of their innovation program.

What level of collaboration can be

expected from industrial groups with

a competing market position ?

We do not expect competing automobile manufacturers

or mobile phone designers to collaborate in

their core areas of business. But it is important to

understand that the full process of designing and

producing a new car, aircraft or personal electronic

device involves many intermediary products and

services in non-competitive areas. Industrial groups

have a clear benefit in pooling their resources to

produce the tools and methods they need to drive

their own innovation programs. Rather than waste

resources developing new design software or

encouraging new sub-contractors to emerge, these

industry players may gain a clear competitive edge

by driving coordinated efforts within Artemis.

Also, the growing trend towards intercommunicating

embedded systems makes it almost mandatory

to share the right level of technology and methods

through Artemis, if only to guarantee interoperability.

What is the outcome for Europe's

competitiveness ?

The european marketplace is still unnecessarily

fragmented. Many industrial players or suppliers in

each country often lack the critical mass they need

to compete effectively on the global embedded systems

marketplace. In order to help these players

leverage the right synergies, Artemis plans to be a

key influencer in promoting technological standards,

with the establishment of a permanent

Standards working group. Also, the Innovation

Environment working group is designing ways of

encouraging strategic alliances within Europe. This

can be done by pooling resources among industrial

players, by effectively leveraging the work of

research institutes, or by gaining new market opportunities

by grouping local players into consortiums

that may address larger industrial bids.

By encouraging the development of a wider technology

offering and a larger base of suppliers, for

components, middleware and design tools, our goal

is to make sure that Europe provides all technologies

and services that the industry may need and, at

one point, could have been tempted to acquire in

other parts of the world.

What is the working group's current

agenda ?

We have gone through a first phase of activity over

the first half of 2005, where we have set up our

main targets and clarified the ways by which we

would make our mission successful. The conclusions

of that work are detailed in the Artemis SRA.

We now have entered a more applied phase of our

work, where we are designing a series of field

propositions, that will be submitted to funding. All

these initatives will now be integrated into the JTI

funding mechanism before moving on to an effective

rollout in the course of next year.

by Dominique Potier,

With an engineering degree

from France's Ecole

Centrale, in Paris, and a

PhD in computer science,

Dominique Potier (59) is

Thales'vice-president of

Software Research. He is

also head of Artemis'

working group on Innovation

Environment.

Chairman of the Innovation

Environment working group

Introduction to ARTEMIS

Standards & Regulation

Market access of most products of the European information and communication technology

industries is influenced by standards, which are consensus based and voluntary, and by regulations.

Often the market success of technological innovations is closely linked to the acceptance

of the related standard, such as it is the case for digital data formats. Standards can help

with the establishment of a new market, by ensuring interoperability, removing technical barriers

and establishing consumer confidence. New technological breakthroughs in the field of

embedded systems, as it is envisaged in the context of the ARTEMIS technology platform, can

profit from standardization through a “time-to-market” advantage.

The newly established sub-WG “Standardization & Regulation” of the Innovation environment

WG aims at recommending a structured approach for the future standardization of embedded

system technology.This will enable European ICT industry to serve best its customers by

developing market relevant standards. Future standardization for embedded systems should

be driven and directed by the stakeholders involved in technology and product development

at an early stage to ensure that technological innovations reach their full market potential. For

this purpose, the ARTEMIS Standards & Regulations sub-WG aims at assembling involved parties

in embedded system development, to together shape the future landscape of embedded

system standards.

Alexander Roth

Chairman – Sub-WG Standards & Regulation

Siemens Corporate Technology

Standardization & Regulation

Innovative technologies

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