The leading-edge cluster Cool Silicon aims at creating the technological bases in order to significantly increase the efficiency in information and communications technology (ICT).
The core competency of the business location Saxony is micro- and nanoelectronic technology as well as the fields in which micro- and nanoelectronic technology is crucial. A key sector herein is modern ICT. In parallel to semiconductor technology, extensive competence for two key application areas of ICT has therefore been established in the region: for broadband wireless systems and for (wireless) sensor networks. The spectrum of products offered by the cluster partners, thus, ranges from CPUs over graphics processors, memories, micro controllers, sensors and mobile handset chipset to analog and mixed signal products.
Within the scope of the Cool Silicon cluster, these substantial competencies are beeing used to develop energy efficient solutions in the areas of computing, mobile communication and sensor technology - up to the point of energy autarkic systems. Key for success is an intense exchange of ideas and know-how between partners working in different fields, as well as the knowledge transfer from academia to industry.
Since it was founded in 2009, 60 members have joined the Cool Silicon cluster.
Innovations in micro- and nanotechnology are the foundation of modern information- and communication technologies (ICT). They are the engine of economic progress in leading industrialized nations as well as in former emerging markets like Taiwan and Korea.
With its strategic importance for market growth, ICT forms the dominant growth market for micro and nanotechnology. As technology driver and high volume market, ICT therefore sets the standards that serve as benchmarks for both development and production.
However, steady growth in this area is not without consequences: by now, the ICT sector produces more than 2 % of the global CO2 emissions - equivalent to one fourth of the worldwide car traffic. Energy costs for operating ICT infrastructure have also become a significant economic factor.
The most urgent challenge in the field of micro- and nanoelectronics is therefore to greatly improve energy efficiency especially for ICT, the industry’s key branch.
So far, no dominant cluster for the field of energy efficiency in ICT has been formed worldwide. ‘Cool Silicon’ aims at seizing the opportunity to massively build up the location’s system competence, especially in cooperation with SMEs, in order to develop the key technologies for energy efficient electronics and to secure them for the region, Germany, and Europe in the long run.