“Diagnosis, Error Modelling and Correction for Reliable Systems Design” (FP7-ICT, 2010-2012)

Invent Baltics Ltd initiated a successful 7th Framework Programme (FP7) project DIAMOND in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology, IBM and Ericsson.

With the help of Invent Baltics the international consortium, coordinated by the Computer Engineering Department at Tallinn University of Technology, and involving among others IBM and Ericsson as partners, first submitted a successful proposal to an FP7 Information and Communication Technology call and then carried the project out.

Designing microelectronic chips has become more and more expensive as the systems grow more complex and additional time needs to be spent on testing and verification. Treating manufacturing faults has been well researched, whereby localisation as well as correction are typically not attempted, but rather a faulty chip is discarded. Studies in the field of localisation and correction of faults introduced in specification and design, implementation, and by the environment during use have until today not led to groundbreaking developments.

However, major corporations like IBM, Ericsson etc. would save significant amounts of time and resources on chips design if faults created during the process could be located and corrected more effectively and rapidly. Therefore the DIAMOND project aimed to develop innovative methods for solving the existing technological bottlenecks.

The project involved both universities and R&D intensive companies in the field of testing and verification; in sum eight (8) different partners from six (6) countries. There were two major corporations – IBM Israel and Ericsson AB (Sweden), two EDA companies – TransEDA Systems (Hungary) and Testonica Lab (Estonia); and four universities – Universität Bremen (Germany), Graz University of Technology (Austria), Linköping University (Sweden) and Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia).

The overall budget of the project was 3.2 million euros, with the total EU support amounting to 2.8 million euros.

Invent Baltics consulted the consortium in setting the overall goals and focus, during negotiations with cooperation partners and in preparing the full proposal to FP7.