Europe Strikes Back – Carlos Pardo Discusses Chip Crisis at DCIS 2022

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Carlos Pardo is CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF

Since the widespread shortage of semiconductors started, several European industries have been hit, not just in the automotive sector. Various industries have been directly or indirectly affected, and it has become evident that increasing semiconductor production capabilities in Europe is crucial. At the 37th edition of the Conference on Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems (DCIS 2022) from November 16 to 18, 2022 in Pamplona, Spain, KDPOF CEO Carlos Pardo will participate in the Panel Session “Chip Crisis: Europe Strikes back” on November 17 at 15:00.

Together with Jaime Martorell, Special Commissioner for the Spanish Microelectronics and Semiconductors Project, Juan Carlos López, Professor at the University of Castilla la Mancha, and Miguel Chanca, Radar IC design lead and Line Manager at Bosch España, they will discuss how the situation and initiatives, such as PERTE, affect researchers and engineers in the circuits and systems arena. Is it an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between universities, research centers, and industries? Will the high expectations created be fulfilled?

The recent European Chips Act aims to invest €42 billion of public and private funds to 2030 to radically raise Europe’s presence in the digital economy by promoting semiconductor production on the Continent. The European Commission’s ambitions to double Europe’s global production share, from 10% to 20%, have gained the much-expected investment they needed. From the €42 billion announced, €30 billion is from investments already committed by member states, the NextGen EU funds, and the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe research funding.

Thus, for example in Spain, the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation of Microelectronics and Semiconductors (PERTE Chip), has been launched, with a budget of €12.25 billion through 2027. The project is designed to strengthen R&D and design in microelectronic circuits, as well as covering the construction of manufacturing facilities in Spain and incentives for chip manufacture.

The 37th edition of the Conference on Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems (DCIS 2022) is organized by the Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA). DCIS is a well-established international meeting that provides opportunities to both researchers in the academia and professionals of industry to exchange new ideas and application experiences in the highly active fields of micro-and nano-electronic circuits and integrated systems. It provides an excellent forum to present and discuss works on the emerging challenges offered by technology, in the areas of modeling, design, implementation and test of devices, circuits and systems. The Panel Session is co-organized by the IEEE CASS Spain Chapter and IEEE CEDA Spain Chapter.