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CNR-IMM participates with Rome Unit, Agrate Unit and Catania HQ to the European Project BeforeHand which aims at establishing the foundations of a new technology, suitable for the implementation in networks of Electronic Smart Systems (ESS) exploiting the capability of phase-change materials to process and store data in the very same physical place, with particular focus on automotive applications. The ESS of the future should be able to sense its environment, locally store and process the information, as well as communicate with other objects in a network. Within our project the realization of processing/storage devices will be achieved through the development of new material combinations with the best material trade-off benchmarked for automotive applications. We will make use of a test vehicle to allow the comparison among different materials. After successful evaluation of the best material combination, a demonstrator with processing/storage ability will be implemented. At the end of the project a full evaluation of the demonstrator will be performed. Furthermore, integration in an embedded chip environment for automotive application, as well as scalability and reliability issues, will be evaluated. The results are going to be made public and used to plan the first chip with embedded state of the art technology to be implemented in the automotive sector, with an expected direct impact on the Internet of Things (IoT) market. BeforeHand will provide a practical realization of such a novel technological computing paradigm. BeforeHand is a project with a strong involvement of material development, device preparation and functionality in terms of memory devices, as well as data processing devices, in order to address the call requirements. Chalcogenide heterostructures developed in BeforeHand for processing/storage devices to be embedded in automotive IoT smart devices have a disruptive future innovative potential, which might lead to breakthroughs at different technology levels: from basic research beyond the state-of-the-art, to products.


BeforeHand on EU-CORDIS

CNR-IMM EU Project coordinator, WP1 leader: Raffaella Calarco

CNR-IMM units coordinator, WP2 leader: Massimo Longo

CNR-IMM WP3 leader: Giuseppe D'Arrigo


Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. – Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik – PDI - Germany
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche  – CNR – Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems IMM  (Rome Unit project coordinator, Agrate Unit and Catania HQ) - Italy
STMicroelectronics - Italy
Laboratoire d'electronique des technologies de l'information – LETI  - France
University of Rome Tor Vergata  - Italy
University of Groningen  - The Netherlands
University of Milano Bicocca - Italy
Centre national de la recherche scientifique – CNRS - Institut de Mécanique et d’Ingénierie (I2M)  - France

2019-01-01 to 2021-12-31