TETRAMAX: New impulse for innovation on customized low energy computing

TETRAMAX : New impulse for innovation on customized low energy computing

TETRAMAX project is officially alive since September, 19th, when the kick-off meeting took place in Aachen (Germany) and it’s now ready to start boosting customized low energy computing innovation in European industries. The project will bring an EU-wide network of ICT competence centres and innovation hubs and will support academia-industry tech transfer experiments in customized and low-energy computing. Read on to know more about it and about the open calls that will be issued.


The project


TETRAMAX project, which is funded by European Commission under the Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) Initiative, is leaded by Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen and counts with the participation of other 20 partners (Universities, Research Organizations and SMEs), including FundingBox support.


With a €7 million budget, the project seeks to accelerate innovation within European Industries by more efficient and effective uptake of advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic products in the areas of Customized Low Energy Computing (CLEC), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IOT).


To this end, the project will support EU added value cross-border application experiments on innovative CLEC technologies and will build a new European CLEC competence centre network, offering technology brokerage, one-stop shop assistance and CLEC training to SMEs and mid-caps, and with a clear evolution path towards new regional digital innovation hubs.


Namely, project main ambition is supporting 50+ European industry clients and 3rd parties with innovative technologies, leading to an estimated revenue increase of € 25 million, based on 50+ new or improved CLEC-based products, 10+ entirely new businesses/SMEs initiated and 30+ new permanent jobs and significant cost and energy savings in product manufacturing.


The application experiments and the calls


Three types of application experiments will be supported:

  • TTX Type 1 (Bilateral): these are short-term (6-12 months) application experiments between 2 different partners (typically one academic and one industry partner) from 2 different EU Countries, during which one party should transfer a particular novel HW or SW technology in the domain of CLEC to a receiving party which adopt and deploys this technology to improve products or processes. Up to 20 experiments of this type are expected to be funded.
  • TTX Type 2 (Value Chain oriented and interdisciplinary): these include mid-term (12-18 months) application experiments between 3 or more partners from at least 2 different EU countries, during which one partner should provide a particular novel CLEC HW or SW technology from research, another partner should productize this technology and finally an “OEM Partner” should test and deploy the technology in its products with its end customers. Up to 10 of these experiments will be funded.
  • TTX Type 3 (Entrepreneurial): these consist in the creation of new businesses in CLEC domain via start-up or spin-off companies with a long-term perspective. It’s expected to fund 10 projects of this type.


To select application experiments, TETRAMAX plans to issue 4 open calls for TTX Types 1 and 2 and 3 open calls for TTX Type 3 and will invest €1.7 million during 2017-2021.


Each selected experiment, might receive between €20,000 and € 100,000 and the possibility of a significant Technology Readiness Level (TRL) elevation or the possibility to generate a validated sketch of a business plan, depending on the type of experiment.


A bit of background


The Smart Anything Anywhere (SAE) is an initiative of the European Commission that will build an ecosystems based on collaboration between researchers, large industries and SMEs across the complete value chain, in a large number of small experiments facilitated by Europe’s leading competence centres, with the aim to transfer knowledge and resources available to a much wider group of companies.


Customized and low energy computing (CLEC) targets the reduction of two complementary aspects: cost and complexity of software development for modern architectures and the energy footprint of computation and communication. CLEC might be applied to cyber-physical systems, industrial and professional applications, Internet of Things, connected smart objects… this is, basically, anything.


TETRAMAX (TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments) builds on the successful TETRACOM project, which focused on encouraging researchers to use technology transfer to commercialize their results, and goes a step futher to help providing European companies with immediate and low-risk access to the latest embedded computing technologies.


The next open call of TETRAMAX  is expected to launch by November, 2017 and, meanwhile, you can start getting familiar with the initiative. So, be wise, be ready: JOIN TETRAMAX Community NOW!



Graciela Garrido Grela

Project Manager


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