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Dresden launches $200 million 'Cool-Silicon' project

May 12, 2009 //

The Saxony region of Germany, supported by state and federal funds worth 100 million euro (about $135 million), has formed the so-called Cool-Silicon-Cluster. This is a five-year program intended to reduce the energy consumption of ICs and information technology while invigorating technology and employment in the Dresden region.


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LONDON The Saxony region of Germany, supported by state and federal funds worth 100 million euro (about $135 million), has formed the so-called Cool-Silicon-Cluster. This is a five-year program intended to reduce the energy consumption of ICs and information technology while invigorating technology and employment in the Dresden region.

Companies already based in the region, such as GlobalFoundries AG, and Plastic Logic Ltd., are expected to help achieve world-class results as well stimulating the growth of a nanoelectronics infrastructure in the region. Financial support from the authorities, plus the participants' own budgets, is expected to produce a total budget for the program of 150 million euro (about $200 million). The Cool-Silicon-Cluster is beginning with three lead projects, which are expected to spin-off dozens of other projects: Cool Computing, Cool Reader, and Cool Sensomet.

CoolComputing is expected to evaluate the entire value chain of computing platforms for energy efficiency. "To reach our goal we will optimize every part of the processor; even the circuit design and by employing newly-developed intelligent software the system integration of various electronic parts from the processor to the power supply," said Stephan Krueger of Globalfoundries AG, who heads up the project. "In earlier days we only used to ask: How can we make our chips faster? Today we ask: How can we make our chips more energy efficient and faster at the same time? We can expect that reduced energy consumption will also have a positive effect on the processor speed."

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