European Tech Firms Team Up to Redesign IT for Energy Efficiency

European Tech Firms Team Up to Redesign IT for Energy Efficiency

A number of electronics companies, design firms and universities have launched a new research project today to develop a green-from-the-ground-up overhaul for the electronics industry.

The three-year project, "END -- Models, Solutions, Methods and Tools for Energy-Aware Design," is part of the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC), and aims to boost the competitiveness of Europe's semiconductor and electronics equipment industries and bring energy efficiency to the forefront of the continent's manufacturing output.

The END project brings together industry leaders from seven European countries, who together will work on reducing energy consumption of every aspect of electronic devices, as well as focus on energy storage, generation and management capabilities that will be integral to green gadgets and smart devices in the next decade and beyond.

"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," Salvatore Rinaudo, END project coordinator and Industrial and Multisegment Sector CAD R&D Director at STMicroelectronics, said in a statement. "We will enable the design and manufacture of electronic circuits that will be at the basis of the green information society of the future."

The project seeks to develop a unified design platform for electronics that will incorporate modeling, simulation and exploratory data analysis (EDA) techniques for any type of electronic system. The groups involved in the project will place a specific emphasis on energy-aware design, energy-efficient building blocks for electronics using a wide range of components, and products incorporating solar energy and wireless sensor systems.

The END project follows on the launch earlier this year of a similar initiative, but one that spans the Atlantic Ocean. The GreenTouch Initiative, launched by Bell Labs in January with 13 industrial and academic partners, has set a goal of making electronics 1,000 times more energy efficient by 2015.

The full list of partners in the END project is below; for more information, visit Eniac-END.org.

END Project Partners:

  • STMicroelectronics s.r.l., Italy (Project Coordinator)
  • Centro Ricerche FIAT, Italy
  • ETH Lab, Eurotech Group, Italy
  • Numonyx Italy, Italy
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per la Nanoelettronica, Italy
  • Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna, Italy
  • Universita degli Studi di Catania, Italy
  • Universita degli Studi di Salerno, Italy
  • NXP Semiconductors, Germany
  • Intracom S.A. Telecom Solutions, Greece
  • inAccess Networks, Greece
  • University of Patras, Greece
  • ON Semiconductor, Belgium
  • ON Semiconductor, Slovakia
  • Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Acondicionamiento Tarrasense, Spain
  • Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique, Switzerland.