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brusells, 28 June 2004

Invisible essential technologies: EU launches “ARTEMIS” drive to become world leader in intelligent embedded systems

The Commission and seventeen senior executives from “embedded systems” research and industry, which builds the tiny computer chips and software used to make everything from car brakes to mobile phones to bank cards safer and more user-friendly, today tabled plans to make the EU world leader in the design, integration and supply of these systems. Central to the plans is a private/public partnership, the European Technology Platform in Advanced R&D on Embedded Intelligent Systems (“ARTEMIS”), to be set up by the end of 2004. Its task, outlined in the “Building Artemis” declaration today in Rome, is to mobilise and co-ordinate the private and public resources needed to meet business, technical and structural challenges. These challenges include ensuring that systems developed by different vendors can communicate and work with each other via industry standards. The technical challenges include system design, seamless connectivity, reliability, security and quality of service. Embedded technologies are the fastest growing sector in IT today. Unlike the PC market, which is dominated by a few players, Embedded Systems is still an open field with many business opportunities.

“Europe currently leads the world in embedded technologies in industries such as automotive, avionics, telecoms, consumer and manufacturing,” said Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen. “As new product innovations increasingly rely on interconnected, embedded systems technology, reinforcing our leadership throughout the innovation chain is vital to sustain the productivity, competitiveness and growth of all these industries.”

The digitisation and networking of consumer electronic devices, home appliances, entertainment and the convergence of PCs and communications, is already giving rise to a new breed of intelligent consumer electronic devices. For example, future digital TVs will allow you to access all sorts of content such as digital photos or stored movies as well as the internet or games. Linking up embedded systems provides scope for building “collective intelligence” that in turn can achieve new levels of comfort, safety and productivity in all areas, from the individual to industrial environments.

In the automotive industry, for instance, the share of electronics in a vehicle’s value is rising, from 22% in 1997 to a projected 33-40% in 2010.An estimated 70% of car innovations over the past 20 years are due to embedded technologies.

Technology platforms are an integral part of wider research policy decision, taken at the March 2000 European Council in Lisbon, to establish a European Research Area (ERA).

The “Building Artemis” declaration sets out the technology, business and structural challenges. ARTEMIS participants will now draw up a joint “vision” of the embedded systems industry’s future. This document will be tabled at the November IST 2004 event in the Hague. At the same time, they will prepare a detailed Strategic Research Agenda, due by the end of 2004, providing for platform work on research, human resources, infrastructure, regulatory issues, standardisation and road-mapping activities.

For further information:
Members of the Platform


Airbus Industrie

BT Exact

Continental Teves

Daimler Chrysler






Robert Bosch

ST Microelectronics





Technical University of Vienna

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