LONDON – Carmelo Papa, executive vice president and general manager of the industrial and multisegment business within STMicroelectronics, has been appointed chairman of a European think-tank for smart system integration.
The European Platform on Smart Systems (EPoSS) is an initiative that aims to strengthen Europe's capacity to organize and deliver innovative integration in smart systems, microsystems and nanotechnologies.
Papa will continue in his role at ST, which includes overall responsibility for developing products including MEMS sensors, power and analog chips, microcontrollers, application-specific non-volatile memories and smart card ICs. Papa replaces Klaus Schymanietz, chief technical officer of defense and security systems at aerospace company EADS Germany, and will head up the 'High Level Group' within EPoSS, which guides the strategic development of the organization's technology platform.
"Companies working on their own will find it difficult and expensive to achieve competitive results. R&D cooperation is vital in Europe and it needs to include large industrial partners, research organizations, small-to-medium enterprises and academia, all complemented and supported by strong relationships with national authorities and the EU," said Papa in his introductory speech at the EPoSS Forum.
"In the future, the boundaries of electronics technology will become increasingly blurred among semiconductor devices, packaging and system technologies," continued Papa. "For instance, it will no longer be possible for package design to be done independently of chip and system design – all three aspects will need to be considered simultaneously as part of an overall process. Additionally, this level of integration will also need to provide an interface to the application environment, representing the glue between the world of micro- and nano-electronic technologies and systems with which humans can interact.|
Smart systems will have opportunities as enablers in new energy and healthcare applications, ST said.
Papa said that over the next five years EPoSS would contribute to major European initiative in Green cars, the Internet of Things and Factories of the future. It would update its own strategic research agenda and provide input in the development of the eighth European Framework Program FP8.
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