DATE 2021 became a virtual conference due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic (click here for more details)

Taking into consideration the continued erratic development of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying restrictions of worldwide travelling as well as the safety and health of the DATE community, the Organizing Committees decided to host DATE 2021 as a virtual conference in early February 2021. Unfortunately, the current situation does not allow a face-to-face conference in Grenoble, France.

The Organizing Committees are working intensively to create a virtual conference that gives as much of a real conference atmosphere as possible.



Contact Person
Paul Malisse

EUROPRACTICE IC office & IC Manufacturing Center, p.a. imec
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

EUROPRACTICE was launched by the European Commission in 1989 to help companies improve their competitive position in world markets by adopting ASIC, Multi-Chip Module or Microsystems solutions in their products. The program helps to reduce the perceived risks and costs associated with these technologies by offering potential users a range of services, including initial advice and ongoing support, reduced entry costs and a clear route to chip manufacture and product supply.

Since its creation, EUROPRACTICE has bridged the gap between academia and industry in the high-tech world by offering more than 600 European universities and research institutes affordable access to the latest IC (Integrated Circuits) design tools and technologies. This is reflected in the training provided by universities from which the best IC design engineers emerge, essential for the SMEs innovation in new IC products. 

The ultimate goal of EUROPRACTICE is to enhance European industrial competitiveness in the global marketplace. The EUROPRACTICE services are open to industrial companies (especially SMEs), research institutes and academic users.


The mission statement of EUROPRACTICE is to provide the European industry and academia with a platform to develop smart integrated systems, from advanced prototype design to volume production. The latter is achieved by providing affordable and easier access to a wide range of state-of-the-art industry-grade fabrication technologies and design tools complemented with training and support to the customer in all critical steps which are needed.

• Affordable access to industry-standard and state-of-the-art design (CAD) tools
• Distribution and full support of high-quality cell libraries and design kits for the most popular CAD tools
• Low-cost prototyping in various technologies (both ASIC and More than Moore) via MPW runs
• Access to advanced packaging and smart system integration
• Training courses in advanced design flows and on various technologies


EUROPRACTICE also offers industry worldwide access to microelectronic and microsystem design services, MPW prototyping, small volume production, packaging and test operations. Note, this does not include access to design tools.
Industry from all over the world have rapidly discovered the benefits of using the EUROPRACTICE IC service to help bring new product designs to market quickly and cost-effectively. The EUROPRACTICE ASIC route supports especially those companies who do not always need the full range of services or high production volumes. Those companies will gain from the flexible access to silicon prototype and production capacity at leading foundries, design services, high quality support and manufacturing expertise. This you can get all from EUROPRACTICE IC service, a service that is already established for 20 years in the market. 


• imec (Belgium) 
• Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen (Fraunhofer IIS) (Germany)
• STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom)
• CMP (France)
• Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)