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Silicon Europe seeks to boost R&D, manufacturing

10/8/2012 02:00 PM EDT
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any1
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re: Silicon Europe seeks to boost R&D, manufacturing
any1   10/9/2012 12:55:12 AM
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So Peter, what is this organization really about? Is this about real research or just public relations? Are they trying to pool resources to make the equivalent of another IMEC?

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Peter Clarke   10/9/2012 10:13:38 AM
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I think Silicon Europe it is about public relations. The R&D budget is at the level of the contributing organizations. Silicon Europe is about "synchronization" of effort and about persuading politicians and the general public in Europe that micro- and nanoelectronics is strategic to the future wealth of the continent. Once that PR battle is won larger subsidies can flow to help Europe compete against U.S. and Asia. I feel sure the participants would argue that any such subsidies would be just "leveling the playing field" as other regions tech firms are already subsidized. And I am equally sure regions would probably cry "foul."

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