LONDON ľ The Dresden Cool Silicon project, backed by state and federal government funding and launched in 2009, is preparing to enter its second phase.
Although the project is outlined to last five years and has a budget of 135 million euro (about $180 million) it has to be evaluated in a positive light to allowed to continue drawing down money, according to Professor Thomas Mikolajick, the Cool Silicon cluster co-ordinator.
The aim of the project remains to reduce the energy consumption of ICs and information technology while stimulating the development of technology and the creation of jobs in the Dresden region. Companies already established in the region, such as GlobalFoundries AG and Plastic Logic Ltd. are participating in individual projects.
In the area of micro- and nanotechnologies research projects are looking at the effects of variability and how to mitigate them. Work with GlobalFoundries and the Advanced Mask Technology Center GmbH & Co. KG are looking to ways to reduce the variations in photomasks.
There are also projects to create a high-voltage technology, a 700-V process in a 0.35-micron process with X-Fab and work on improving in-fab logistics which can improve productivity by up to 16 percent, Professor Mikolajick said.