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TRACE at EuWoRel - 5th 'European Expert Workshop on Reliability of Electronics and Smart Systems' 2017

Since 2013, EuWoRel is the annual forum for addressing the concerns of reliability, robustness, and functional safety of new products and technologies in the field of electronics and smart systems. It makes further research requirements on reliability methodology clearly visible. In addition, EuWoRel is a great opportunity for showcasing recent results and for creating new project ideas for collaborative research.

TRACE face2face meeting WP2/9, WP6 and WP7

On September 27 the TRACE assembly meeting at the Fraunhofer Forum located in the heart of Berlin started. The partners of TRACE have been discussing the progress and deciding on the next steps for WP2 “Target System Analysis – Evaluation of Delta-Requirements” and WP9 “TRACE Methodology”. This activity continued on Sept. 28th and significant progress could be achieved.

TRACE presented at ADTC and edaWorkshop 2017

At the Nanoelectronics Applications, Design and Technology Conference (ADTC) and edaWorkshop 2017 (May 08-10) TRACE was present with a keynote and also contributed with several posters to the poster session.
The keynote titled: “Design & Verification of Technology Dependent Electronic Innovations” was held on Tuesday, May 09, by TRACE member Andreas Aal who leads the semiconductor strategy and reliability assurance activities within the electric-/electronic development department at Volkswagen.

TRACE partner presented on international conference – R. Dudek received EuroSimE Achievement Award

On April 2 to 5, the EuroSimE 2017 took place in Dresden. This international conference brought together companies, research institutes and universities from the fields of thermal, mechanical and multi-physics simulation and experiments in microelectronics and microsystems.

TRACE partner Chemnitzer Werkstoffmechanik GmbH, FRT GmbH and the Fraunhofer ENAS Chemnitz presented their research results from TRACE during presentations and demonstrations on a joint booth of the industrial exhibition. Visitors from Europe, Asia and the USA were highly interested in the project innovations, and many new contacts could be established.

TRACE passed first year Catrene and national reviews with excellent marks

On March 28 and 29, the TRACE consortium met in Reutlingen at the BOSCH facilities for the first Catrene review (March 28) and the first review of the German consortium (March 29).

Accompanied by sunny weather, the TRACE consortium received excellent marks from both, the Catrene board and the German national authorities. Noting the strong and committed consortium and the large expertise it comprises, the reviewer especially emphasized the very good cooperation between industry, SMEs and academia as well as between the five different countries of the consortium – Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.

TRACE presented at EuWoRel 2016

4th European Expert Workshop on Reliability of Electronics and Smart Systems (EuWoRel 2016) held on Oct.18/19 at Fraunhofer-Forum, Berlin

Since 2013, EuWoRel is the annual forum for addressing the concerns of reliability, robustness, and functional safety of new products and technologies in the field of electronics and smart systems. The workshop identifies research requirements on reliability methodology and presents it not only to the electronics packaging community but also to the representatives of funding agencies at national and European levels.

Carmakers want to keep up with consumer chip design processes

Published: Tue, 2016/09/06
Found at:   Automotive EETimes (http://www.automotive-eetimes.com/news/carmakers-want-keep-consumer-chip-design-...)
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Car designers increasingly love to integrate consumer electronics functions into their vehicles, but in the world of consumer electronics, design cycles are much too fast for automotive developers to keep up. Within the project TRACE, European carmakers, suppliers and semiconductor vendors are now investigating design methods and processes to make consumer devices safe enough for in-car deployment.

New smartphones and other coveted electronic gadgets hit the market in a rhythm of about six months. Cars, in contrast, still have design cycles of typically six years, including tests. In an environment where carmakers increasingly find their USPs in the electronic equipment of the vehicle, from ADAS to connectivity, carmakers and their suppliers are striving to keep up with the consumer design cycles, at least to a certain extend.

The problem: high-performance semiconductor components designed for consumer markets typically do not meet the stringent requirements for safety, reliability and ruggedness that vehicles have to meet. Adapting electronic components to the higher safety standards of the automotive industry, again, is a very time-consuming process, it is expensive and in many cases it would require a complete redesign.

TRACE exhibited at edaWorkshop 2016

The edaworkshop is a major German EDA event that offers prime opportunities for the publication and the discussion of EDA (Electronic, Design and Application) research results. The well-balance attendance from industry and research is an optimal opportunity for knowledge exchange between industry and research.

edaWorkshop further is the major event for German EDA research projects that are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The picture on the right shows Andreas Aal from TRACE partner VW AG in discussion with Dr. Jester from the German public authorities (BMBF)

Catrene project TRACE held its kick-off meeting in Reutlingen, Germany

TRACE Project Team at Kick-Off in Reutlingen

On April 11 the Catrene project TRACE held its kick-off meeting at Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen. The project intends to develop methods and processes to enable a qualified and secure transfer of leading-edge micro- and nano-electronic technologies from the consumer domain to the automotive and industrial domains.

The project team consists of more than 100 engineers from 35 project partners, originated from five the European countries Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. It is coordinated by TRACE Partner Bosch and runs until April 2019. Project funding is provided by the respective national authorities in the context of the Catrene regulations.

Picture on the right: MinR Dr. Stefan Mengel from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Project Objectives

Innovative automotive systems require complex semiconductor devices currently only available in consumer grade quality. TRACE will develop and demonstrate methods, processes, tools to facilitate usage of CE components to be deployable more rapidly in the life-critical automotive domain. This requires cooperation along the automotive value chain. The project results will enable and accelerate AE technology, component and system developments for smart mobility and smart infrastructure as key to smart city solutions of the future and therefore ensure European automotive leadership.