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END: "Models, Solutions, Methods and Tools for Energy-Aware Design"
Funding agency: EC (European Commission) under the ENIAC 2009 grant n.120214.
Project members/Partners
STMicroelectronics (coordinator, Italy)
Centro Ricerche FIAT (Italy); ETH Lab (Italy); Numonyx (Italy); IU.NET (Italy); Università di Salerno (Italy); Università di Bologna (Italy); Università di Catania (Italy); NXP Semiconductors (Denmark); Intracom S.A. Telecom Solutions (Greece); inAccess Networks (Greece); University of Patras (Greece); ON Semiconductor (Belgium, Slovakia); Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia); Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (Spain); Acondicionamiento Tarrasense (Spain); Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (Switzerland).
Project manager @ UniMORE: Luca Larcher
Start date: 01/04/2010
End date: 30/03/2013

The END project targets the transversal Sub-Programme SP7: Design Methods and Tools for Nanoelectronics. The project is in line with the short and mid term activities expected for this SP, as they are required to enable the efficient design of advanced components, Systems-on-Chip, Systems-in-a-Package and compact miniaturized electronic systems. In particular, END is an industrially-driven project addressing the areas of:
• More Moore: The development of a deeper physical understanding of transistors and memory cells is needed to handle the problems of complexity and power consumption. New device architectures, which are being proposed to solve the power dissipation problem, must also be properly modeled.
• More than Moore: The large spectrum of new non-digital functions added on silicon requires the development of new modeling and design tools to cover not only the already known fields of high frequency, power and analogue, but also sensors and actuators, which involve micro- and nano-mechanics and fluidics.
The modeling, design and EDA technologies developed within the END project will complement the R&D work planned in projects that will be executed in the context of the ENIAC Sub-Programmes SP1: Nanoelectronics for Health and Wellness and SP5: Nanoelectronics for Communications; in fact, personal health-care devices and systems, as well as mobile, battery-operated communication systems are heavily constrained by energy consumption and thus call for advanced energy-aware design capabilities. In addition, some of the outcomes of the END project will provide useful support to the activities that will take place in other ENIAC Sub-Programmes. For example, the work devoted to functionality and improved reliability demonstration of low-power circuits and systems used for safety-critical automotive and aeronautic applications will be relevant for Sub-Programme SP3: Nanoelectronics for Security & Safety; similarly, the modeling, design and flow/tool activities performed in END will contribute to the objectives of Sub-Programme SP4: Nanoelectronics for Energy & Environment, as the goal there is to provide innovative technologies as the basis for new energy efficient products and intelligent power management to enable increased competence in these emerging lead markets in line with the sustainability objective. Finally, the work in END related to the design of circuits and systems able to exploit heterogeneous power sources, such as batteries, super-capacitors, piezoelectric and PV sources, and the application of such design solutions to solar energy management systems are in tight relation to some of the goals of Sub-Programme SP2: Nanoelectronics for Transport & Mobility, in particular for what concerns the domain of power and high-voltage electronics and smart miniaturized systems for hybrid and electrical cars.