IPCEI Microelectronics: Swissbit receives funding intent for “True-MEM” project


Berlin, September 20, 2023 – At the “Microelectronics: Key to Transformation,” event held on September 18, 2023 at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Swissbit Germany AG received a symbolic funding intent for several million euros. As an associated partner of the IPCEI Microelectronics and Communication Technologies (IPCEI ME/CT), Swissbit will receive funding for the “True-MEM” project, the overarching aim of which is to expand trusted supply and value chains for critical microelectronics components. Swissbit Germany AG is the only IDM (Integrated Device Manufacturer) for semiconductor storage and security solutions within the IPCEI ME/CT group, and at the same time one of the few European-based companies bridging the gap between semiconductor manufacturers and conventional system integrators.

Home game for Swissbit: The official kick-off for the largest EU semiconductor initiative, the IPCEI ME/CT, took place in Berlin on September 18. Under the title “Microelectronics: Key to Transformation,” more than 160 invited guests gathered for the event at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action. Alongside Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck, the event was also attended by the Minister Presidents of Saxony and Baden-Württemberg, Michael Kretschmer and Winfried Kretschmann, along with other notable guests. As part of the program, the representatives of the companies involved in the IPCEI ME/CT had the opportunity to briefly present their funding projects – combined with the symbolic pledge of a funding intent by Robert Habeck. On behalf of Swissbit, Lars Lust, General Manager APATS (Advanced Packaging, Assembly & Test Solutions) and Member of the Board of Swissbit Germany AG, presented the key points of the “True-MEM” project.

Lars Lust, General Manager APATS and Member of the Board of Swissbit Germany AG, explains the “True-MEM” project on September 18 in Berlin.

Company and state representatives of the IPCEI ME/CT together with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck at the “Microelectronics: Key to Transformation” event on September 18 in Berlin.

“True-MEM” funding project

The goal of “True-MEM” is to develop an AIoT/IIoT edge component kit. The modular and scalable system comprises hardware and software services that can be combined with each other using system-on-package technology. Development of this solution is based on Swissbit's highly integrated storage components, which are being further developed to the next level of micro- and functional integration as part of the funded project.

Another important component is the integration of cyber security functions and data-based services within the storage components. Equipped in this way, they can be used, among other things, for IoT applications including digital identity and access management (IAM), in which the integrity of the components can be tracked throughout the entire product life cycle.

The combination of both elements – highly integrated storage components and cyber security functions or services – ultimately results in a modular system from which, as a hardware-as-a-service or software-as-a-service approach, elements can be combined, supplemented, and separately enhanced depending on the application.

In addition to the project goals, Swissbit Germany AG sees its involvement in the IPCEI ME/CT as an important signal for strengthening Europe's sovereignty as a semiconductor location, and stepping up the expansion of technology know-how over the long term. Swissbit has already been producing in Berlin since 2003, and opened a new facility there at the end of 2019, covering an area of over 20,000 square meters.

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