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ST exec heads European Platform on Smart Systems

Posted: 14 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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STMicroelectronics announced that Carmelo Papa, the Executive VP and General Manager of ST's Industrial and Multisegment Sector, has been appointed Chairman of European Platform on Smart Systems (EPoSS) at the EPoSS General Assembly and Annual Forum, held October 7-8 at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal.

Papa will maintain his role at ST, consisting of an overall responsibility for developing a wide range of products including MEMS sensors, power and analog chips, microcontrollers, application-specific non-volatile memories and smart card ICs.

Papa has replaced Klaus Schymanietz, Chief Technical Officer of Defence and Security Systems, EADS Germany, who has held the position of Chairman of EPoSS for the past five years. He shall be heading the 'High Level Group' within EPoSS, guiding the overall strategic development of the organization's technology platform.

In his introductory speech at the EPoSS Forum, Papa presented the organization's vision for a European platform, discussing technologies such as analog/RF, passive devices, high-voltage power devices, sensors and actuators, and bio-chips, which are all significant in the development of EPoSS' wide-ranging R&D cooperation.

"Companies working on their own will find it difficult and expensive to achieve competitive results. R&D cooperation is vital in Europe and it needs to include large industrial partners, research organizations, small-to-medium enterprises and academia, all complemented and supported by strong relationships with national authorities and the EU," said Papa.

He also emphasized key opportunities for smart systems in new energy and healthcare applications, further outlining future objectives and milestones for EPoSS over the next few years, such as: Enhancing the presence and influence of EPoSSfor example, in the European 'Green Cars', 'Internet of Things' and 'Factories of the Future' initiatives; Promoting the EPoSS Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to identify new application challenges, such as robotics, and defining development paths at both the technology and systems level; And offering an effective voice in the development of the eighth European Framework Program FP8.

EPoSS was set up in July 2006 by a group of major industrial companies, based in Europe, to coordinate R&D activities. EPoSS now encompasses various companies, research organizations, universities, representatives of the European Commission, and other European initiatives and key organizations within the smart systems integration field.

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