The "e-grain" concept building blocks for self-sufficient distributed microsystems
In information and communication technology, the future has already begun. The transfer of vast amounts of data is routinely done via the Internet, and mobile or portable multiple-use devices or workstations ensure that the information we require is at ready hand, anywhere and at any time. System integration technologies and the Internet as a user platform will soon succeed to be even more integral parts of our daily lives, at work as well as in the home. The trend in PC or smaller device development tends towards ever tinier, ever more complex and autonomous systems, which communicate via interfaces. This means that their miniaturization is quickly advancing and eventually leading to integrated 3D-microsystems of very few cubic millimeters only. The project "Self-sufficient distributed microsystems - AVW" aims to investigate certain aspects of and technologies for these systems as well as to develop solutions which will make a significant contribution to meeting the challenges presented by them.