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Oct. 10, 2017

Press release: New European initiative TETRAMAX will boost customized low energy computing innovation in European industries.

Aachen, September 19th, 2017 the TETRAMAX (TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments) has been officially launched! 22 partners from all over Europe gathered here and joined forces to become the leading competence center network for customized and low-energy computing.

1,7 million euro for innovation

The TETRAMAX project aims to boost innovation by stimulating, organizing and evaluating different kinds of technology transfer experiments (TTX). These co-funded “application experiments” connect SMEs and mid-caps with international academics, resulting in low-risk industrial adoption of novel computing technologies. To realize these objectives, 1,7 million euros will be invested in different technology transfer experiments during 2017-2021. More specific, there is funding available up to 100,000€ for customized application experiments (TTX).

Project coordinator Prof. Rainer Leupers clearly defines the immediate ambition of TETRAMAX: “Supporting 50+ industry clients and 3rd parties in the entire EU with innovative technologies, leading to an estimated revenue increase of 25 Mio. € based on 50+ new or improved CLEC-based products, 10+ entirely new businesses/SMEs initiated, as well as 30+ new permanent jobs and significant cost and energy savings in product manufacturing.”

Creating a European collaboration with strong regional presence

Additionally, building and leveraging a European Customized Low-Energy Computing competence center network will increase the exchange of technologies and solutions, hence increasing TTX opportunities. By providing sufficient seed funding, TETRAMAX will enable self-sustainability of the EU network of competence centers.

In the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing Customized Low-Energy computing-competence, services and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.


To become or stay globally competitive, European companies need immediate and low-risk access to the latest embedded computing technologies. This green and low-energy computing creates opportunities in digitalization which will lead to improved products and higher productivity. This new Horizon 2020 innovation action will provide an implementation of the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative in the domain of customized and low-energy computing for cyber-physical systems and the internet of things. The total budget of the TETRAMAX project is 7M€ and it is coordinated by Prof. Rainer Leupers form RWTH Aachen University, with 22 partners, covering almost all EU countries. TETRAMAX was launched in Sep 2017 and will run for four years. This new initiative builds on the successful TETRACOM project, which focused on encouraging researchers to use technology transfer to commercialize their results.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 761349.


TETRAMAX is a Horizon 2020 innovation action within the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative in the domain of customized and low-energy computing for Cyber Physical Systems and the Internet of Things. As a Digital Innovation Hub, TETRAMAX aims to bring added value to European industry, helping to gain competitive advantage through faster digitization. The project partially builds on experiences with the TETRACOM project during 2013-2016. TETRAMAX was launched in Sep 2017 and runs until Dec 2021.