‘Passive user or innovative driver? Europe’s future role in microelectronics and connectivity’.
The intention of this white paper is to showcase how the mobile connectivity revolution will affect existing ecosystems and verticals, and present proposals to secure European relevance in future global ecosystems and position European wide industry and economy ideally in this coming digital revolution despite ever-growing global competitions.
To make the discussion as inclusive and comprehensible as possible the automotive industry is used – one of the most reputed and long-standing European industry champions – as an exemplary case study, with the aim to exemplify how evolved software, hardware and connectivity are transforming the very core of the business.
To do this with the deepest level of competence, a selected set of questions were used in interviews with key representatives from the automotive business. Their have unfiltered answers are the foundation for the discussion in section 2 where key trends for the coming 10 years are elaborated on.
As a second step acquired insights at a higher level were applied and it has been discussed how other verticals may follow a similar path as the automotive industry. The role of European telecommunication and microelectronic industries as key enablers to maintain European value creation across business segments have been discussed
To guide the analysis, the COREnect expert groups have provided valuable perspectives – representing leading institutions and companies across Europe.
Proposed actions for Europe
The long-term success of European digital industry will depend on how Europe can secure its presence in the overall 5G value chain, i.e., on EU’s capability to capture its strengths on digital infrastructure and industry verticals, catalyse research and innovate in the microelectronics domain, and eventually build a full strategic value chain. This section of the white paper suggests important strategic directions for Europe to consider.
To achieve such a strategic goal in the next 10 years, COREnect recommends focusing on the following:
- Secure Europe’s leading role in digital infrastructure in terms of demand and supply
- Establish coordinated R&I funding programmes to support a value chain strategy
- Employ complementary actions at regulatory level in terms of education, early-stage investments, IPR, and other policy-oriented issues such as public procurement
Despite outlining clear recommendations for the coming years, the main objective with this whitepaper, is not to provide a golden recipe. The goal is primarily to catalyze a continued discussion and bring general awareness about the inevitable challenges and opportunities Europe will face in an intelligent and fully connected green and digital world.
More about COREnect
COREnect (European Core Technologies for future connectivity systems and components) is a new consortium formed to develop a 5G and beyond strategic roadmap for future European connectivity systems and components.
European industry and R&D leaders from both the microelectronics and telecommunications sectors are jointly developing a high-level strategic roadmap of core technologies for future connectivity systems and components, targeting the next generation telecommunications networks and services.
AENEAS contributes to the project vision and strategy definition by conveying the view of the ECS community on the key technical challenges to be addressed, either directly or by identifying relevant interlocutors for specific topics. Conversely, it relays any application-specific requirements derived within the COREnect project to the experts involved in the elaboration of the ECS-SRIA. The ECS-SRIA document and the COREnect roadmap activities do mutually benefit from one another’s contributions.