The Semiconductor Joint Undertaking (Chips JU) has announced today the initiation of calls for proposals amounting to €216 million to bolster research and innovation endeavors in the domains of semiconductors, microelectronics, and photonics. This declaration comes subsequent to the inaugural round of calls for pioneering pilot lines, disclosed in November 2023, which secured €1.67 billion in funding from the European Union.

The EU is investing €216 million to foster research and innovation in semiconductors.

This fresh set of calls aims to further fortify the European semiconductor sector by enhancing collaboration, industrial competitiveness, and the transfer of knowledge from research labs to manufacturing plants. Consortia are invited to submit proposals addressing a diverse array of challenges outlined in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, spanning from transistors in silicon chips to embedded AI, connectivity, or the management of intricate systems to enhance performance and safety.

Moreover, projects funded through these new calls will play a role in developing open-source hardware for the automotive industry, facilitating the shift towards software-driven vehicles, and advocating for environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes. A particular joint initiative with the Republic of Korea will propel advancements in heterogeneous integration and neuromorphic (brain-like) computing technologies.

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