European project to focus on efficient electronics

A group of European companies and research centres have set up a project to develop more energy-efficient electronics as part of the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) programme.

The END project will develop modeling, simulation, design and EDA techniques for a wide range of devices and systems, from digital blocks to discrete analogue components. The project will also look at new power supply systems.

“The ultimate objective of the END project is to bring innovative energy-aware design solutions and EDA technologies into the product development of the industrial partners of the Consortium,” said Salvatore Rinaudo, END project coordinator and industrial and multisegment sector CAD R&D director at STMicroelectronics. “We will enable the design and manufacture of electronic circuits that will be at the basis of the green information society of the future.”

Project goals include the development of power models for non-bulk-substrate CMOS devices, a low-power design methodology for heterogeneous systems, energy-efficient IP components for system-on-chip (SoC) components and demonstrators of solar energy and wireless sensor systems.

The project will cost approximately €12.6m, with funding provided by both the ENIAC Joint Undertaking and from the public authorities of Belgium, Greece, Italy and Slovakia.

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