New technological revolution for Europe with custom energy-efficient computer technology

(28-11-2017) The new European H2020 project TETRAMAX promotes innovation by subsidizing innovation projects between academics and industry.

The Department of Electronics and Information Systems is a partner in this ambitious project. Today we are on the verge of a new digital revolution in all sectors of society, a new evolution in the interaction between man and machine. Europe therefore invests in innovation initiatives such as TETRAMAX, which means that Europe seizes the potential to strengthen its competitive position.

Custom and energy-efficient computers

The TETRAMAX project aims to promote customized energy-efficient computer technology. Research shows that investments in this new technology have a significant positive effect on the production volumes, performance and energy costs of a company.

Investing in new applications and technologies

To encourage companies to invest in new technologies, Europe organizes low-threshold innovation actions. The importance of such projects lies in creating a symbiosis of companies and academics by offering the necessary financial and scientific support. In the context of the TETRAMAX project, Ghent University helps to facilitate this interaction between researchers and companies in Belgium.

Financing technology for SMEs

During the four-year term of the TETRAMAX project, there will be several calls that offer the opportunity to participate in projects or experiments for technology transfer, each with significant funding opportunities. Such financial support can go up to € 50,000. After the project, we expect sustainable results thanks to advanced industrial technologies and high-quality academic research in the field of energy-efficient computer systems.

Call to businesses

From November 30th 2017, TETRAMAX offers the first opportunity to request financing. This call is a 'bilateral Technology Transfer Experiment' (TTX). This bilateral TTX requires an academic and an industrial partner from two different EU countries, where an academic partner offers a certain new hardware or software technology to a receiving industrial partner (preferably an SME) from another EU country. The technology is then applied and marketed by the industrial partner.


TETRAMAX focuses on the domain of energy-efficient computer systems, tailor-made or tailor-made energy-efficient computers (CLEC) in the context of the European initiative Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE). The total budget for the TETRAMAX project is €7 million and is coordinated by prof. dr. Rainer Leupers from RWTH Aachen University, with 22 European partners, including Ghent University. The TETRAMAX project was launched in September 2017 and lasts for 4 years (Sep 2017 - Aug. 2021).

The TETRAMAX project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program of the European Union under grant agreement number 761349.

More information on the TETRAMAX website.


Prof. Koen De Bosschere
Department ELIS
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