Meanwhile, some earlier technology projects partially funded with EU money are already well underway. One of them is PASTA, short for Platform for Advanced Smart Textile Operations, which is focused on electronic packaging and interconnection technology to produce smart textiles -- for instance, bed linens that monitor a patient's temperature and other health signs. The technology could also be used in sports, logistics and construction, the Commission said.
Another health-related project partially funded with EU money combines a diagnostic system based on smart cards and skin patches with a portable reader to wirelessly send test results to a remote computer, a tablet or a smartphone. The setup, developed by the Spanish company POC MicroSolutions, can be used to monitor colon cancer, identify bacteria in food and analyze environmental contamination.
The ECSEL initiative is a key part of the Commission's Electronics Strategy for Europe launched in May last year. By 2020, the Commission aims to double the value of EU micro-chip production to reach 20 percent of worldwide production, facilitate industry investment of €100 billion and create 250,000 jobs.
Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org