spEEDO aiming to make a splash in energy efficiency

University of Essex spin-out company UltraSoC Technologies has won funding under the Energy Efficient Computing competition, receiving £150,000 from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) for a new project.

The collaborative project between UltraSoC and the University of Cambridge, called spEEDO (Energy Efficiency through Debug suppOrt), will conduct research to identify the potential of increasing energy efficiency in electronic systems. The project will use UltraSoC’s ground-breaking debug technology, allowing detailed information about the behaviour and energy usage of these systems to be measured.

The competition, organised by the TSB, encourages technologies which can reduce the mounting energy burden of computing and communications devices and systems.

Klaus McDonald-Maier, chief scientist of UltraSoC and professor and director of research at the University of Essex, said: 'We believe that the complimentary expertise of UltraSoC and the University of Cambridge will deliver significant advances in this important area of low power computing.'

The project is aimed at significantly improving current approaches that use imprecise techniques and have a limited ability to determine energy consumption. UltraSoC, which is backed by investment company Octopus, is pioneering advanced debugging technology that is used by semi-conductor companies around the world for microchips with wide-ranging applications from laptops, smart phones and data processing systems to cars.

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