Proceedings PaperIntegration And Convergence Of Technologies - A Challenge For Europe
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In this paper a long term fusion of microelectronics, photonics and functional materials in basic product components is assumed. Application fields are the opto-electronics in devices of communication technologies, sensors, laser informatics and measurement and control technologies in general. This movement is called the fusion of basic technological families or optomatronics in a study for the FAST Programme of the Commission of the European Communities. The development towards optomatronics is seen in the long term as important as the movement towards mechatronics (the integration of electronics in mechanical products) which occurred since the mid 70's and was put into effect by industrial policies in Japan. It has caused turbulent impacts in mechanical engineering, machine tools, the clock and watch industry and precision engineering in Europe. The same turbulent impacts might arise for industries affected by optomatronic development. This should be counteracted by the appropriate industrial policies.