ECS-SRA 2020 now available

14 Jan 2020

The final version of the ECS-SRA 2020 has been released on 14 January 2020 during the ECS brokerage 2020 event

Based on the feedback provided by EFECS 2019 participants, the final version of the Electronic Components & Systems (ECS) Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) has been released by the three Industry Associations AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS on 14 January 2020 during the ECS brokerage 2020, an event co-organised by the Associations.

Digitalisation and the underlying key technologies are an essential part of the answers to many of the daunting challenges that we face today: mounting insecurity, ageing population, air quality degradation in large cities, traffic congestion, limited energy resources, unemployment, to name but a few. They impact the everyday lives of citizens, as well as all business sectors. Shaping the digital transformation of Europe opens up huge opportunities for the take-up and deployment of digital technologies – digital transformation facilitates the use of new technologies and widens the business scope worldwide with innovative digital products and services. The future of Europe must be substantially shaped by a strong European electronic components and systems (ECS) industry especially in the context of growing protectionism in the US and China. Europe has indeed to retain its sovereignty and autonomy for the provision of its rapidly increasing needs for electronic components, embedded/cyber-physical systems and smart integrated systems.

The ECS-SRA is the combined research agenda from the three Industry Associations AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS that represent large companies, SMEs, universities and research institutes from across the entire ECS value chain. Based on analysis of the major applications fields where Europe must maintain and/or develop its leadership, and of the current and foreseeable technology capabilities, the ECS-SRA aims to identify the main focus areas for research and innovation in Europe in its field. To fulfil this mission, it reflects the dynamics of our industry, over the full ECS value chain, characterised by continual technology advances and new applications being invented at an ever-increasing pace.

Therefore, this cannot be a static document, and it will continue to evolve – with reviews every year and a major update every three years. This continuous process enables all ECS stakeholders to be constantly aware of new emerging technologies, potential game-changers and the evolving long-term vision of the industry. After the initial 2018 edition and a minor revision in 2019, the ECS-SRA has undergone its second update this year.

In the ECS-SRA 2020 edition, the importance of ongoing and future breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, the technology developments they require and their impact across all application domains have been further developed across all the chapters. The reduction of energy consumption for ECS is a focus, as it is key in terms of digitalisation and the broad implementation of artificial intelligence. A section on integrated photonics has also been introduced.

To read the full ECS-SRA 2020 document, please click here.

To read the 2020 Update release notes, please click here.