Smart systems combine digital computers, analog electronics, RF devices, MEMS and other sensors along with actuators, power sources and wireless communication capabilities into software-driven applications ranging from humanoid robots to smartphones. Smart systesm are often cobbled together; the EU and the U.S. want to standardize smart systems in order to create an ecosystem of interoperable devices and software modules that vendors can commericialize.
Called the "SMArt systems Co-design" program, SMAC will create a design and integration platform that lowers costs and time-to-market for smart systems development. Applications would include energy, automotive, healthcare, factory automation and consumer electronics. Program officials have singled out advanced packaging technologies like system-in-package and chip stacking (3D IC) as particularly important, but will integrate all levels of the development effort into a single platform.
"The SMAC project will give European industry an advantage in exploiting the potential of smart systems," said Salvatore Rinaudo, SMAC project coordinator and R&D director at STMicroelectronics.
Along with ST, the SMAC platform will be co-designed by Philips Medical Systems, ON Semiconductor Belgium, Agilent Technologies Belgium, Coventor Sarl, MunEDA and EDALab, among others.
@R. Colin Johnson: I am sorry, what is new about this so called 'smart system?' that justifies a new R&D iniative? Everything that is mentioned is ALREADY being done by the industry!
Standardization of interfaces for interoperability is a need of the hour that the industry has started to address but that hardly qualifies as a new R&D initiative!
I think the announcement is a me-too type reaction to get some money doled out the EU businesses cited above! Speaking of which, did any one notice they are all either France- or Germany-based businesses??!!
This might be a solution to the issue of everybody claiming their system as "smart system" now a days. A standard should help in defining the criteria to meet before a system could be called as a smart system. Good for STMicro. I think, as this program gain speed, more companies are going to join in.
The project SMAC is an initiative to make the embedded systems more sophisticated and better integrable with the other devices, it will really help the diverse industries demands from all different segments. Very good initiative taken by STMicroelectronics.
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