West Europe Report, Science and Technology, FRG: Funded Program for the Development of Microperipherals.
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The special program Applications of Microelectronics 1982-1984 gave the initial push towards a broad use of microelectronics technology in new products. This is especially true for the predominantly mid-sized, export- oriented sectors of mechanical engineering industrial electronics and measuring and control equipment for laboratory and facilities construction. In this regard, the availability of modern peripheral components, i.e. sensors and utility electronics, is becoming increasingly important. As necessary components in coupling microelectronics to a process that is to be controlled or supervised, they determine to a large extent the efficiency and the cost of an entire system. In addition to rising demands and new requirements, the field of microperipherals is undergoing a profound technological transition. A decisive factor will be the speed with which the predominantly mid-sized sensor manufacturers will be able to introduce the necessary technologies, which today are ready to be implemented but which require large investments and constitute high risks.
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