"Legzöldebb Tanszék 2011, 2012"

K+ F területek Projektek - FP7 - THERMINATOR

Integrated project: Modeling, Control and Management of Thermal Effects in Electronic Circuits of the  Future  (THERMINATOR)

Homepage: http://www.fp7-therminator.org/drupal/

Period: 2010-2012

Goal:  Development of  new, thermal-aware design solutions in integrated circuit design.

The tasks of the department:

  • involvement in the formation of novel thermal-aware device models
  • design and implementation of a thermal-aware digital simulator engine
  • characterizing measurements of devices in order to determine the parameters needed for their electro-thermal model
  • organization of the project's training courses.


Electronic devices of the latest generations, being those integrated circuits or discrete components, are often required to operate in harsh environmental conditions, where the temperature may reach over hundred degrees  centigrade. Obviously, this has negative impact on several parameters of the electronic devices, ranging from  slow-down and transient, recoverable errors to permanent failures and device breakdown. To complicate the  picture, electronic components tend to get warmer on their own as they operate, due to the fact that the power  drawn by the devices from the power supply is dissipated by Joule effect.  As time passes, heat and temperature management is becoming increasingly problematic, for reasons ranging  from economical to technological. Packages that are able to sustain high temperatures are very expensive, and  so are heat-sinks and cooling systems. In addition, high operating temperatures tend to cause malfunctioning of  circuits and components, thus impacting the reliability of the electronic products which incorporate such devices.

The development of new, thermal-aware design paradigms can no longer be postponed if the goal is to enable  designers to fully exploit the electronic technologies of the future, being those CMOS or alternative to CMOS.  The thermal problem has several facets, thus it needs to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. The  THERMINATOR projects will address the following major challenges:

  1. To devise innovative thermal models  usable at different levels of abstraction, and to interface/integrate them into existing simulation and design  frameworks.
  2. To develop new, thermal-aware design solutions, customized for the different technologies and  application domains of interest.
  3. To enhance existing EDA solutions by means of thermal-aware add-on tools  that will enable designers to address temperature issues during their daily work and with their usual design flows.


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