This Specific Support Action refers to the current IST Strategic Objective "Pushing the Limits of CMOS, Preparing for Post-CMOS". In order to achieve this goal and a good competitive situation of Europe in this area, well-directed and highly cooperative research activities are mandatory. The objective of SUGERT is to promote the optimization of European research activities in the field of Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD), which is extremely important e.g. to reduce costs and time spent during the development of new semiconductor processes and devices.
To this end, SUGERT will start from the consolidated industrial specifications for process and device simulation defined by the preceding IST User Group UPPER+, which will within SUGERT be updated according to the development of the industrial requirements and of the scientific state-of-the-art. In order to support and promote the implementation of research actions required to fulfil these specifications, SUGERT will transmit these specifications to relevant research groups in industry, at institutes and at universities. It will interact with these research groups to promote the efficient use of resources available from European, national or regional sources to carry out the research needed to match the industrial requirements.
Furthermore, consolidated information on these industrial requirements and on the related expertise available in Europe will, together with suggestions for research activities, be given to relevant public authorities to support them in establishing their research programmes. SUGERT will organize the European contributions to the "International Technology Working Group" on "Modeling and Simulation" within the "International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors", which has the objective of defining world-wide specifications in their technical area. Overall, SUGERT aims at the optimum use of expertise and resources available in Europe in the field of TCAD.