NXP Semiconductors – The Netherlands

NXP Semiconductors N.V. provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.2 billion in 2011. Additional information can be found by visiting

NXP is active in numerous collaborative research projects and plays a key role in several European technology research programs (FP6, FP7, JTIs) and in Eureka programs (Catrene, ITEA2)





STMicroelectronics (Grenoble & Crolles) – France

ST-Microelectronics is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions by leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength.
The Company has particular strengths in Multimedia, Power, Connectivity and Sensing technologies and its sales – which include wireless business conducted via ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 Joint Venture with Ericsson, – are well balanced among the industry’s major sectors: Telecom, Automotive, Consumer, Computer, Industrial and Distribution. Every day, millions of people around the world benefit from ST’s products and technologies but few are aware of this because all of ST’s technology operates behind the scenes.
We are a leading semiconductor company, one of the most important and influential semiconductor players in the world and the largest European semiconductor company: With revenues of $9.73B in 2011, and approximately 50,000 employees in the Group. As a successful, independent semiconductor manufacturer, we deliver leading-edge solutions to our customers worldwide, enabling them to be at the forefront of their markets. 12 manufacturing centers (FE: Singapore, Agrate, Catania, Crolles, Rousset, Tours / BE: Shenzhen, Longgang, Philippines, Malaysia, Morocco, Malta / 12,000 people working in technology, design, products and system R&D )



Thales – France
Two branches of Thales contribute to the BENEFIC project:

- Thales Communication & Security (TCS): Thales Communications (9600 employees in 14 countries) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Thales which addresses, any activity related to telecommunications: mobile radio-communications, aeronautical and naval communication, network administration, identification and radio navigation, information systems, multimedia, surveillance. The company develops, since years, its activities in civil markets such as civil aviation, radio spectrum monitoring and information technology security. Thales co-operates with many SMEs and Research Centres in National Programs or European Programs (EUREKA, ICT, ACTS, INCO). The main entity of Thales Communications that will participate to the project is the “Systèmes Numériques Embarqués”, located in Colombes (France). Its mission is to study/provide innovative design solutions for the future Thales radio systems in terms of performances optimization and power consumption, parallelization and portability of the applications on multicore platforms.

- Thales Research & Technology (TRT): Thales is a world leader for mission critical information systems, with activities in 3 core businesses: aerospace, defence, security. TRT is the research centre of Thales group in France. Its main objective is to provide breakthrough solutions to the divisions of the group in adequation with the needs of upcoming products. Embedded Systems Lab  (ESL) team involved in this project, develops architectures for high performance computing in embedded systems (low power constraints, small volume, real time constraints). The research axes are:
Domain dedicated accelerators for image processing and signal processing based on SIMD and VLIW architectural concepts.
Heterogeneous manycore to combine parallelisation and customisation





Ericsson Netherlands – The Netherlands
Ericsson has all the know how and technology to deliver platforms for SmartPhones, including application processors, modems, connectivity and power management solutions. In the Netherlands, the company has R&D sites in Nijmegen and Eindhoven, focusing on RF design, Analog IP design, power solutions, and vector processor DSP’s for baseband modem processing. In BENEFIC, Ericsson Eindhoven will be involved in next generation low power designs for mobile baseband applications.

Recore Systems B.V.– The Netherlands
Recore Systems licenses innovative IP for creating advanced digital signal processing platform chips. Recore’s Montium® technology comprises processor cores, design tools for easy integration in customer solutions and ready-to-use applications. Recore offers application implementations for Montium based platforms, IDE tools and hardware IPs.
Recore’s technology enables ultra energy-efficient digital signal processing in products such as cell phones, digital radios/TVs and infotainment and navigation systems. Reuse of Recore’s IP alleviates the avalanching design complexity and costs of today’s chip development. Montium technology allows time multiplexing of different functions on the same hardware and offers a unique combination of flexibility, high performance, low power and low costs.




CEA – France
Two Laboratories of the Direction de la Recherche Technologique at CEA – the French Atomic Energy Commission- will be involved in BENEFIC:

- CEA-LETI, the Laboratory for Electronics & Information Technology has a considerable investment in personnel (staff is approximately 1200 people, among whom 850 CEA employees), know-how and equipment. LETI is one of the largest applied research laboratories in Europe. The main activities of LETI are dealing with electronics, microelectronics, microsystems, and optoelectronics. LETI mainly aims at helping industrial partners to improve their competitiveness through technological innovation in the field of electronics and microelectronics. LETI commits 80 % of its activity to end-product research with its partners. LETI has also an active patent policy (more than 100 new patents per year). Inside the Circuits and Systems Design (DCIS) Department, the ASIC design team is more than 130 people composed of engineers, PhD students and Postdocs. Main activities are related to digital-, RF-, analog- design, devices modeling and characterisation, IC tests, and layout.
Low power design is one of the strong activities, covering SOI technology design, power management, low-power techniques (DVFS, VDD Hopping, Power switch, …) and low power architectures.

- CEA-LIST is a research department inside CEA, which is a French R&D governmental agency whose field of expertise ranges from nuclear industry to biosciences. Based in Ile-de-France (in the neighbourhood of Paris), LIST combines basic research and industrial R&D within a dynamic structure, and is mainly financed by industrial contracts. The project-based culture of its 300 scientists, engineers and technicians makes it a natural partner for industry seeking breakthrough technology, from the initial concept down to working demonstrators. CEA-LIST is primarily concerned with the development of technology that combines software and hardware to form highly integrated complex systems – “software intensive systems”. The research activities are structured into industry-driven projects, around three major themes, the embedded systems, the interactive systems and the sensors and signal processing. In embedded systems, CEA-LIST has been focusing for several years on the design of multicore architectures and technologies to manage the complexity of such architectures. In the framework of this project, CEA LIST wants to push ahead the development of a processor core for intensive computing. This power efficient processor will be the basic block of these architectures.




TIMA Laboratory – France
TIMA is one of the 40 Laboratories of the UJF (Université Joseph Fourier). TIMA is focusing on various aspects of the design, CAD and test of circuits and systems. The Laboratory is approximately 120 people large. It is organized in research groups: Micro and Nano Systems (MNS), Reliable Mixed-signal Systems (RMS), System Level Synthesis (SLS), Verification and modelling of Digital Systems (VDS), QuaLiFication of circuits (QLF), and Concurrent Integrated Systems (CIS). The System-Level Synthesis (SLS) group in TIMA laboratory investigates application-specific multi-processor systems on chip. Research topics include multiple and mixed-level specification of heterogeneous systems, multi-core architecture for networks and systems on chip, hardware/software on-chip communication design at trans-action level modelling, memory design for multi-processor systems-on-chip, hardware/ software interfaces debug, reconfigurable prototyping platform for multi-processor SoC. Recently, SLS group participated in the LoMoSa MEDEA project that focuses on low power system on chip architectures and obtained encouraging results regarding power saving.




University of Nice Sophia Antipolis/LEAT – France
The LEAT laboratory is a Joint Research Unit associating CNRS and University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UMR7248). In 2012, the LEAT laboratory is composed of 31 permanent positions (Full Professors, CNRS Senior Researchers, Associate & Assistant Professors, Engineers, Technicians, and Administrative Assistants) and 44 non-permanent positions (Ph.D. students, post-docs, invited Researchers). LEAT stands for Laboratory of Electronics, Antennas and Telecommunications. Research investigations cover multi-disciplinary and cross-theme topics in the field of Telecommunication (RF microelectronic, mobile communications, short distance communications, RFID, radar, digital electronics and embedded systems design). These activities are focused around three main topics: Modelisation and system design of communicating objects, Design and modeling of antennas, Systems of detection, imagery and associated antennas based solutions. Many investigations are conducted in the context of research contracts and collaborative projects involving national, European, academic and industrial partners such as THALES, FRANCE TELECOM, NXP, Mentor Graphics, CEA, CNES, and many others. The main team involved in this project proposition is MCSOC (Modelling and system design of communicating objects) which has a recognized expertise in the areas of digital electronics and embedded systems design. Current research activities in the team cover different topics: System on Chip design space exploration, Operating Systems, Reconfigurable and adaptive systems, real time MPSoC heterogeneous architectures, system level power optimization. MCSOC has been involved on a number of collaborative research projects including European projects like COMCAS (CATRENE), AETHER (IST FP6), and multiple ANR French and regional projects in the general fields of methodologies and tools for mobile communicating objects.



Delft University of Technology – The Netherlands
The TU Delft Computer Engineering Laboratory performs research in and teaches the engineering discipline of how to determine, develop, and integrate hardware and software to build a computing system. The laboratory is actively involved in computer architecture, network processing, compiler technology, tools for semi-automatic implementation of architectures, computer arithmetic and logic design, algorithms and tools for testing memories, built in self-test of logic circuits, and automatic test pattern generation for combinational and sequential logic circuits, performance modelling and optimization techniques and tools. The laboratory includes some 8 faculty members, 3 staff members, 33 PhD students, and 29 MSc students. The CE Lab has extensively and successfully been involved in various EU and national research and industrial projects on embedded systems, heterogeneous multi-cores and low power. The group is coordinator of the SARC Integrated Project, scientific coordinator of the hArtes Integrated Project, and founding member of the HiPEAC NoE.



Synopsys – The Netherlands
Synopsys (VL B.V.) is a leading provider of both functional and physical semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. The company’s product portfolio includes embedded SRAMs, embedded NVMs, embedded memory test and repair, logic libraries, memory development software, interface IP solutions, advanced CMOS I/O, analog mixed signal and System-on-Chip (SoC) infrastructure IP, processor and subsystem solutions. More than 350 foundry, IDM and fabless customers rely on Synopsys to achieve higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield, as well as to shorten time-to-market and time-to-volume. The Processor and Subsystem Solutions group that participates in the BENEFIC project is located in Eindhoven and develops next generation DesignWare ARC processors and pre-integrated subsystems that combine Synopsys hardware and software IP to realize complete functions ready for SoC integration. The DesignWare ARC family of configurable 32-bit processors is yearly shipped in almost a billion chips for both embedded control and application processing as well as (audio) signal processing domains.

ATRENTA – France
Atrenta is the leading provider of Early Design Closure® solutions to radically improve design efficiency throughout the IC design flow. Customers benefit from Atrenta tools and methodologies to capture design intent, explore implementation alternatives, validate RTL and optimize designs early, before expensive and time-consuming detailed implementation. With over 150 customers, including the world’s top 10 semiconductor companies, Atrenta provides the most comprehensive solution in the industry for Early Design Closure.




IT – Portugal
Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, non-profit organization owned by the Technical University of Lisbon, University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal Telecom Inovação, and Nokia-Siemens Networks. IT mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of telecommunications in order to both improve higher education and training, both at graduate and postgraduate levels, and to improve the competitiveness of Portuguese industry and Telecommunications operators. The research unit has been evaluated by an expert panel and as a result of this evaluation IT has been selected in 2001 by the Portuguese Government to hold the distinction of the Government Associate Laboratory in the area of Telecommunications. The Aveiro pole of IT currently has about 40 PhD researchers, many of which also holding teaching positions at the University of Aveiro, plus 110 other researchers, with expertises on wireless communications, optical communications, and networks.
IT has been involved since its foundation in several projects in the area of wireless communications, either at national or European level, namely in the ACTS and IST/ICT programmes (e.g. SAMBA, ASILUM, MOBYDICK, MATRICE, 4MORE, ORACLE, UNITE, DAIDALOS, FUTON, CODIV, WHERE, WHERE2, HURRICANE, PEACE, COGEU and C2POWER), as well as in Networks of Excellence (e.g. ACE, TARGET, EuroNGI, E-PHOTON, and CRUISE).




IPCB – Portugal
The Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco has been created in 1979. The institute has 6 schools which activities cover the scientific areas of Arts and Music, Education, Engineering, Management, Health and Agrarian Sciences. The IPCB’s mission is to train professionals with elevated technical-scientific capabilities and to promote the Institute’s integration into the scientific and technological community, fomenting the mobility of individuals and knowledge in the context of an increasingly globalised and international society. This objective requires a coherent and effective organizational, scientific and technical culture that is capable of responding creatively and innovatively to the new scenarios of a knowledge-based society and professional networks. IPCB offers high quality teaching, graduate, postgraduate and master’s degrees courses, as well as specific life-long training programs, to around 5000 students, with a teaching staff of about 350. The research activities are developed in several R&D units and groups in IPCB and with partnerships with other institutions through participation in many national and international R&D projects and consortia, some, funded by FCT. Central to IPCB mission is the Knowledge Transfer to the Industry by Applied and Innovative Research based on agreements with companies. Other focus issue is the promotion of entrepreneurial competences within the academia in order to economically valorise the developed scientific knowledge.



TUE – The Netherlands
The Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) was established in 1956, and is ranked among the top universities in Europe. The Electronic Systems (ES) group has expertise on (formal) modeling and design of embedded systems. ES is involved in many (inter)national projects relating to intelligent, ubiquitous, real-time embedded (multimedia) systems, and wireless sensor networks. Major research themes are multi-processor systems-on-chip, real-time embedded systems, low-power embedded systems, networks on chip, models of computation, trade-off analysis, multi-objective optimization, resource management and scenario-based design. The ES group has strong links with European and Dutch industries, including the semiconductor industry, with partners at different positions in the value chain (manufacturing, IP houses, system houses, EDA tooling, and applications), consumer electronics industry, personal and institutional health care industry, etc. It participates in the European university networks CESAER, Santander and CLUSTER and collaborates with universities all over the world.





IMEC NL / Holst Center – The Netherlands
Stichting IMEC Netherland (IMEC-NL) is located at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and is part of Holst Centre, an independent open-innovation R&D center that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and Systems-in-Foil. A key feature of the center is its partnership model with industry and academia based around shared roadmaps and programs. At IMEC-NL applied research is conducted on Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions, aiming at delivering miniaturized, all-integrated autonomous and wireless devices.
IMEC-NL has its main focus on designing electronic circuitry to enable long autonomy of systems. Its tasks are targeted on developing suitable high efficiency energy harvesting design and the corresponding power management system as well as ultra low energy systems.
IMEC-NL has been working on energy harvesters for many years and has an excellent track record: its micromachined piezo vibration harvester has been delivering the highest power, while the distance covered by RF energy transfer for small sensor systems is the state of the art. In the digital processing front, the goal is to provide ultra low energy solutions for biomedical and baseband signal processing. In 2011, we reported a flexible ultra low power design with the lowest energy/sample for ECG processing reported. We have worked with academia and industry to make operating at minimum energy point a reality. Our holistic approach to system power optimization roots in diverse set of skills from application-domain knowledge to low level circuit design. IMEC-NL has extensive experience working with multi-disciplinary team through EU-funded projects.


Beyond Vision – Portugal
Beyond Vision was established in 2013 targeting to operate in the businesses of continuous monitoring and tracking of goods and people, but also in the area of industrial control, and in augmented reality applications, relying on the existing expertise inside the business group it belongs, particularly focused on low power/cost electronic systems design, besides conventional automation and control in the development of autonomous mobile devices for augmented reality targeting industrial environments. Despite its yet short existence, Beyond Vision’s associates and working team have many years of experience in the development of complex solutions, both HW and SW, namely from the activities and projects carried out within the mother company of the business group, PDMFC, over the past ten years, in key areas in the scope of BENEFIC. The fields of activity in which this SME is already involved touch areas such as Energy, Health, Transportation, Production Process, Logistics and Agriculture. Some of its team’s expertise includes digital/analogue hardware design and implementation, embedded systems software implementation, monitoring, automation and control systems, development and quality processes, and generic systems engineering.