IBM has announced that the company along with several firms and universities of the European Union will conduct a joint research program which will aim at improving the efficiency and reliability of semiconductor chips.
The research program, which will be funded by the EU, will aim to design and develop a new technology which will help them in better testing the microchips for errors, which will further help them to cut the time and cost required to create each chip.
IBM and other EU institutions have come together to form the Diamond consortium, in which they will jointly work together to develop a new system which will help them to check for bugs in a microchip in order to track down and correct errors on all levels, from the initial design of the chip to the final silicon layout.
Jaan Raik, senior researcher at Tallinna Tehnikaulikool and coordinator of the Diamond project, highlighting the purpose of the consortium, said in a statement that “Designing a microelectronic chip is very expensive, and the design costs are the greatest threat to continuation of the semiconductor industry's phenomenal growth.”
While Big Blue's actions are commendable, we can only hope that the company will be sharing any financial gains with the institutions involved in the research. These first steps could also signify that IBM will be looking more seriously at chip production in the medium term.