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NMWP Themenabend on Novio Tech Campus

February 21, 2019 – BCSEMI NL and NMWP jointly organized the first ‘NMWP Themenabend’ outside the German Nordrhein-Westfalen region. An important topic was the introduction of the Chip Integration Technology Center (CITC).

Future of chip development

The Themenabend ‘Chip Integration Technologies’ on February 19, was organized by the clusters NMWP.NRW, NMWP e.V. and Business Cluster Semiconductors Netherlands (BCSEMI NL). The event took place on the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen. The evening was dedicated to the future of chip development and the  integration of photonics in chips. Photonics play an important role in crossing the borders of current microsystem and chiptechnologies. Therefore, photonics is the next big thing in micro and nano electronics. It perfectly fits the focus of ROCKET (RegiOnal Collaboration on Key Enabling Technologies), an interregional V A-project. ROCKET stimulates collaboration between industry and science in the German/Dutch border region. It aims to further enforce research, technological development and innovation. This project is funded by the EU and INTERREG-partners.

Introduction CITC

An important subject of the evening was the introduction of the Chip Integration Technology Centre (CITC). CITC is an open innovation center for chip technologies. It recently received funding from the city of Nijmegen and the province of Gelderland. The evening also highlighted the importance of connecting experts and lobbyists in the German/Dutch border region. The program included a visit to various High Tech Semicon companies on the Novio Tech Campus. The participants were introduced to the infrastructure on campus and the working methods of the various companies.

Cross-border collaboration

“Next to the large amount of research institutes and universities, it’s the broad scope of innovative entrepreneurs in the German/Dutch border region that defines our prosperous achievements. Collaboration, that crosses borders and technologies, is key to our success. Successful events like the Themenabend, jointly organized by the clusters NMWP and BCSEMI NL, are important for further elaboration of this cross-border collaboration”, says Michiel Scheffer, deputy of the Gelderland region. He was content with the large amount of visitors of the event. The get-together at the end of the evening offered visitors the possibility to network and go into in-depth discussions with the speakers.

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