Expected Impact

Embedded Systems technology is a significant enabling technology of growing importance for the iFEST corporate partners. The major challenge for these companies is to defend and grow their business in their targeted market segments. The iFEST partners represent a significant business volume of about € 150 billion per year. The revenue and main markets of the corporate partners are shown in the following Table. This table illustrates the impact potential of iFEST.


 Company  Revenue  Main Markets
 Siemens  €77.3 billion  Industrial automation, building technology, traffic solutions, railway automation, power plant instrumentation and control
 Honeywell  U$ 36.6 billion  Aerospace, automotive, industrial automation, home and building controls, and specialty materials industries
 ABB  U$ 35 billion  Power products, power systems, automation products, process automation, robotics
 Thales  € 12.7 billion  Aerospace, defence, security
 SELEX Galileo  € 1,8 billion  Defence solutions covering surveillance, imaging, tracking and targeting to protection and navigation control systems for military and government missions.


The following list shows the relevance of iFEST for the broader goal of industrial competitiveness.

  • Faster time-to-market: Time-to-market is targeted to decrease by 20% for iFEST partners from 2009 to 2013. This is achieved by improved data flow between the development tools through the development process offered by the iFEST tool integration framework, and also by automating some parts of the process flow.
  • Reduce the cost of the system design from 2005 levels by 15% by 2013: iFEST will enable automation of some of the processes that are not yet mainstream, such as transforms from product independent to product specific models, design space exploration, and broadening target hardware options (multi-core).
  • Achieve 15% reduction in development cycles - especially in sectors requiring qualification or certification - by 2013.
    • The iFEST target is to reduce time-to-market by 20% for iFEST partners from 2009 to 2013. A well-functioning tool chain will reduce the time for setting up an effective development environment and even more the time spent for development.
    • The iFEST target is to reduce Cost of Poor Quality by 20% for the iFEST partners from 2009 to 2013. A well-functioning tool chain will avoid errors which today’s manual processes introduce when going from one phase in the engineering life cycle to the next one. Such errors might slip through the final verification and test and they are extremely expensive to correct when the product/system already is deployed in the market.
    • The iFEST target is to reduce the verification and certification cost by 20% for the iFEST partners from 2009 to 2013. Tool chains integrating verification and validation tools will improve the verification and validation effectiveness at each development phase.
  • Establishment of an integrated chain of European-sourced tools, based on ARTEMIS JU results, to support a complete process flow of development of Embedded Systems from user requirements, through system design, to system-on-chip production. A success full development, demonstration, dissemination and standardisation of the iFEST project results will be a significant contribution to this ARTEMIS goal.
  • System-level model-based tools and design processes that contribute, in an integrated fashion, to elevating the abstraction level for architecture exploration and product design. iFEST’s model-based approach for HW/SW co-design, including design space exploration, will ease the transition from high-level models in e.g. UML to cost efficient hardware and software implementation.
  • Composability: the ability to derive instantiations of architecture from a generic platform that support the constructive composition of large systems out of components and sub-systems without uncontrolled emergent behaviour or side effects. In order to achieve this goal, a well-functioning tool chain is a prerequisite. Hence, a successful execution of iFEST will contribute to the realisation of this goal.
  • Give opportunity for research laboratories and universities to promote their R&D results by providing innovative components and getting them matured and industrialized, in compliance with industrial needs. iFEST academic partners bring with them results from previous R&D projects, and usage of these results in iFEST will contribute to getting them matured.

Finally, iFEST proposes a solution to the crucial issue of lasting availability of engineering tools for systems and products and therefore should allow European industry to increase their productivity and to help them in defending and even reinforcing their market position.