Leti Announces FED4SAE Project to
Accelerate European CPS Solutions
Leti, a coordinator of the pan-European Fed- erated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere (FED4SAE) consortium, announced that the 14 project partners have
launched a three-year European Commission program
to facilitate the acceleration of European cyber-physi-cal-system (CPS) solutions to market. This project will
boost digitization of European industry by strengthening companies’ competitiveness in the CPS market.
CPS link the physical world with the virtual world
of information processing. They are comprised of diverse constituent parts that function together to create some global behaviour. These constituents may
include software systems, communications technology
and sensors/actuators that interact with the real world,
often including embedded technologies.
The FED4SAE project will create a pan-European
network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) by leveraging
existing regional tech or businesses ecosystems across
complete value chains and multiple competencies.
The network of DIHs will enable startups, SMEs and
midcap companies in all sectors to build and create
new digital products, smart applications and services.
This pan-European network will enable companies to
use CPS platforms combined with expertise and know-how from the R&D advanced platforms. The ultimate goal
of each industrial project within FED4SAE is to develop a
complete solution that can get to market and scale. This
includes combining hardware and software components
and deploying them in a range of testbeds prior to deployment into the targeted market, as well as support in
business modelling and market insights through guidance from conceptual design through market launch.
Application experiments will be funded for developing
innovative CPS products that will increase the competitiveness of European innovative companies.
imec Demos Ring Oscillator Development
At the 2017 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in December, imec report- ed on multiple key process optimizations
for vertically stacked gate-all-around (GAA) silicon
nanowire transistors. The optimized CMOS process
flow was then used to integrate, for the first time, the
GAA nanowire transistors in a functional ring oscillator.
GAA MOSFETs based on vertically stacked horizon-
tal nanowires or nanosheets are promising candidates
to succeed FinFETs in sub- 5 nm technology nodes, thus
extending today’s CMOS technology beyond its scal-
ing limits. This innovative transistor architecture offers
a more aggressive gate pitch scaling than FinFETs be-
cause it achieves a better electrostatic control. More-
over, in very scaled standard cells where only one fin
device is allowed, nanosheets provide more current per
footprint than fins, and thus can drive higher capacitive
loads. Finally, integrating nanosheet devices with vari-
able widths in a single platform enables power/perfor-
mance optimization with high granularity.
At IEDM, a team of researchers from imec and Applied Materials demonstrated multiple optimizations
for the fabrication of stacked silicon nanowire and
nanosheet FETs. The first process optimization is the
implementation of SiN Shallow Trench Isolation (STI)
liners, which suppresses oxidation-induced fin deformation and improves the shape control of the nanowire or nanosheet. Secondly, SelectraTM etch was used
to enable nanowire/nanosheet release and inner spacer cavity formation with high selectivity and without
causing silicon reflow. Finally, for the first time, ring
oscillator circuits were reported based on stacked silicon nanowire FETs, including dual work function metal
gates for threshold voltage control.
KDDI Selects Gilat’s Backhaul Solution for
LTE Network in Japan
KDDI has chosen Gilat Satellite Networks Limited’s satellite based LTE cellular back- haul solution to extend reach and resilience
with high speed data and high quality voice over LTE
(VoLTE) throughout Japan. The cellular backhaul solution provides voice, data and video services at true
LTE speeds and high voice quality.
Gilat’s VSATs will be installed in fixed sites as well
as on deployable vehicles for emergency response–
Cellular on Wheels (COW). The solution leverages the
company’s patented LTE backhaul solution and leading mobility features to support continuous service for
public safety, in addition to the outstanding performance provided in fixed LTE cellular sites.
“We are very pleased to select Gilat’s LTE cellular
backhaul over satellite solution to play a key part in
KDDI’s Mobile Services mission to deliver superior
customer experience in Japan, including in islands
and the metro-edge and for tourists visiting national
parks and mountainous areas. Gilat’s technology will
be used to extend our network reach as well as a basis
for our disaster recovery capabilities,” said Nobuyuki
Kawai, general manager, Global Network Engineering
and Operations Centre at KDDI.
“We are honoured to have been selected by KDDI
to support their vision of revolutionizing the lives of
Japanese people and visitors to Japan, by providing
superior connectivity with data and VoLTE anytime and
everywhere,” said Abhay Kumar, RVP Asia at Gilat.
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