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Microwave, Millimeter and Terahertz Reconfigurable Integrated Wireless Antenna Systems for Communications and Sensing (TEC2016-78028-C3-1-P)

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Type of activity
Competitive project
Funding entity code
205.700,00 €
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The goal of this proposal is the conception and development of a new generation of wireless antenna system architectures, operating into the microwave, millimeter and terahertz frequency domains of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum, conceived to answer to the 2020-25 coming challenges -predictions around 5G suggest improving factors up to 3 orders of magnitude in terms of capacity, efficiency, and connectivity-, for the growing communications, radar and sensing application needs resulting in a growing demand for systems highly flexible and effective, able to operate in different modes (communications, radar sensing), frequency bands (from microwaves to millimeter waves) and environments (indoor-outdoor, cellular to vehicular).
To reach these connectivity capabilities there is a need for a new view to the wireless front-end systems and in particular to the antenna architecture segment, evolving from the actual radio spectrum usage to a significantly enlarged one covering from the GHz up to the THz domain, with a need for cost-effective compact integrated designs able to respond to the different demands with a highly flexible reconfiguration capability. These significant changes demand for a profound and unified comprehensive approach encompassing from the physical layer affecting new electronic materials and technologies, to the EM signal conditioning and propagation at the different frequency
A new multidisciplinary approach is needed, including electromagnetic theory, modeling and simulation, wireless and antenna system modeling and design, radio signal and propagation channel modeling, RF systems architectures, electronic and photonic microfabrication and integration. The groups that participate in the different sub-projects (UPC, UPV, UPCT) bring together all the required expertise. As it will be further explained, the team responsible for this proposal has the expertise, the required infrastructure and resources, and the past experience of collaboration in joint projects that ensures a fruitful and successful outcome for the project.
To focus the research goals and to achieve the necessary degree of coordination ensuring the success of the project it has been organized in a matrix form. In one hand three reference prototypes are envisaged, addressing different specific applications and frequency ranges. In the other hand three common basic tasks are been defined.
The three reference prototypes to be developed are:
A flexible microwave (1 to 10 GHz) MIMO transceiver wireless antenna system for communications and human body sensing.
A millimeter-wave wireless multi-beam front-end architecture (30 to 60 and 60 to 90 GHz) integrated antenna system for (indoor/outdoor small cells) and autonomous safe transportation (inter-car communication and radar-imaging system).
A short-range extra high-rate Terahertz (270 to 320 GHz) communication and material characterization system.
The three basic tasks are:
Electromagnetic modeling of the full wireless system covering from the GHz up to the THz regions.
Design of reconfigurable wireless antenna system able to operate into the different frequency bands from GHz to THz will be studied using the appropriate technology (CMOS, BiCMOS, MEMS, Photonics).
Integration and validation of the final simulation packages, measurement set-ups and prototypes.
antena, antenna system, communications, comunicaciones, imaging, integrado, integrated, microondas, microwave, milimétricas, millimeter and terahertz wave, reconfigurable, terahercios
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Resoluton year
Funcding program
Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia
Funding subprogram
Subprograma Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento
Funding call
Excelencia: Proyectos I+D
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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