Semiconductor companies are collaborating with European design centers, universities, and research institutions to develop standards and contribute to building a solid energy-aware electronics design base in Europe. The research program, called END–Models, Solutions, Methods, and Tools for Energy-Aware Design, has begun a three-year European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council project to pursue energy efficiency through a holistic approach. The project also will develop new power supply systems, with an emphasis on energy management aspects.
"The ultimate objective of the END project is to bring innovative energy-aware design solutions and EDA [electronic design automation] technologies into the product development of the industrial partners of the consortium," says END project coordinator Salvatore Rinaudo.
END's project goals include the development of power models for non-bulk complementary metal-oxide semiconductor devices, a unified low-power design methodology for heterogeneous systems and system-on-a-chip devices, and demonstrators of solar energy and wireless sensor systems.
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