PARIS STMicroelectronics NV and INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control, have signed a partnership agreement for next-generation embedded systems.
This collaboration aims to enable a two-way transfer process between ST and INRIA. ST indeed said it expects to step up technological innovation by developing and integrating new software into its system-on-chip solutions to address the growing complexity of device functionalities.
As for INRIA, the objective is to address critical research issues driven by real industrial challenges and the need to develop large-scale applications.
Under the terms of the agreement, INRIA and ST said they plan to identify the main areas of research to meet the challenges that microelectronics is facing, tÁ set up dedicated research teams from across their respective organizations in joint projects, and, within the scope of these joint projects, transfer the results from INRIA to ST.
So far, partners said, five research projects have been implemented with an objective of optimizing program execution on embedded multicore processors, stepping up multimedia applications and improving the embedded system design process. Teams from INRIA Rennes, Grenoble, Sophia Antipolis and Rocquencourt are already collaborating with ST teams on these projects.
INRIA and ST said they intend to launch additional longer-term projects. Areas of focus will include embedded systems, formal methods especially for system verification, efficient compilation of programming languages, multicore system architecture and critical system dependability.