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WiMAGIC

Project reference: 215167
Funded under

Worldwide Interoperability Microwave Broadband Access System for Next Generation Wireless Communications

From 2008-01-01 to 2010-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 346 286

EU contribution:

EUR 2 999 919

Coordinated in:

France

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Worldwide Interoperability Microwave System for Next-Generation Wireless Communications

Main Objectives

The main objective of WiMAGIC is to make contributions to the IEEE 802.16m group, which has been set up to develop the technical specifications of next-generation mobile WiMAX systems offering higher capacity, higher mobility and higher performance than the current systems.
WiMAGIC intends to play a leading role in the IEEE 802.16m specifications which will be the basis of mobile WiMAX complying with IMT Advanced requirements.
IEEE standardization groups are often dominated by American companies and organizations, and this gives them an initial competitive advantage. WiMAGIC intends to be a major player in IEEE 802.16m, making proposals, having them included in the future standard, and providing a foundation for market leadership of European industry in this important and fast-growing field.
The project will develop advanced physical layer (PHY) and medium access control (MAC) layer algorithms, as well as a simulation platform and a hardware prototype for testing and validation of these algorithms.
The project is led by SEQUANS Communications, industry leader in fixed and mobile WiMAX system-on-chip solutions, and the list of partners includes RINICOM, Alcatel-Lucent, Thales Communications, TURKCELL, Ultra Electronics, Bilkent University, Politecnico di Torino, SUPELEC, Institute of Accelerating Systems & Applications, University of Leeds, Kadir Has University, and Université Catholique de Louvain. 
WiMAGIC is driven by its industrial partners and is based on a strong market demand. The consortium is an excellent balance between academic excellence and leading edge industrial R&D expertise and strong experience and know-how in WiMAX systems. The high-level research excellence combined with a real market demand for the proposed research is a true guarantee of success.
While WiMAGIC will strongly help its coordinator, SEQUANS Communications, to keep its leadership in mobile WiMAX system-on-chip solutions, it will enhance the product range and competitiveness of its industrial partners Alcatel-Lucent, Thales Communications, RINICOM, Turkcell, and Ultra Electronics. As for the academic partners, they will find an excellent framework for working together on advanced concepts for the wireless network of the future and cooperation with industry.  

Technical Approach

WiMAGIC will address the technical challenges of the future IEEE 802 16m specifications, which aim at defining an air interface that can support high mobility (at least 120 km/s), a data rate of over 100 Mbit/s and offer higher performance than the current IEEE 802.16e standard, while ensuring compatibility with it. To achieve this objective, PHY, MAC and cross-layer algorithms will be developed, tested using a simulation platform and a proof-of-concept prototype.
The project is composed of 7 work packages:
WP1: Project management
WP2: Dissemination, market business analysis, exploitation and dissemination.
WP3: System requirements and system level design
WP4: PHY layer
WP5: MAC and higher layers, cross-layer optimization
WP6: Simulation platform
WP7: Prototyping and trials

Objective

The objective of this industry-driven multi-disciplinary research proposal is to develop novel and highly innovative technical solutions which will be backward compatible with the existing global broadband wireless access (BWA) standards (IEEE 802.16 and WiMAX) and linked to the specific end-user requirements which will be incorporated into the emerging IEEE 802.16m standard, which aims at defining an air interface that can ensure high mobility (at least 120 km/h), transmit a data rate of over 100 Mbit/s and offer higher performance compared to the current 802.16e standard. Among the main topics to be addressed for the advanced air interface are new MIMO schemes offering higher diversity and multiplexing gains as well as interference cancellation capabilities, advanced synchronization and channel estimation techniques that are compatible with the increased mobility requirement, advanced radio resource allocation schemes involving cross-layer optimisation, as well as cooperation between users and base stations. Research results developed within the framework of this STREP will be used to draft contributions to the IEEE 802.16m working group and influence this future standard. The developed concepts and algorithms will be simulated, prototyped and then integrated into SoCs to be developed by SEQUANS Communications and tested by other industrial partners of the consortium. The implementation plan for the project is based on a hypothetical system called WiMAGIC that embodies a beyond the state of the art (SoA) target BWA system. WiMAGIC serves as a conceptual platform for 1) specifying target system requirements, 2) developing sub-system level beyond the SoA technological solutions, 3) integrating the sub-system solutions for end-to-end simulation, testing and validation of the WiMAGIC design. This chain of activities, from system specification to system design to technology development to system validation, constitutes the object of the WiMAGIC project.

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Coordinator contact

HIKMET SARI, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +33 1 70721606
Fax: +33 1 70721609
E-mail
HIKMET SARI, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +33 1 70721606
Fax: +33 1 70721609
E-mail

Coordinator

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS SA
France

EU contribution: EUR 863 242


LE PARVIS DE LA DEFENSE 19
92073 PARIS LA DEFENSE CEDEX
France
Administrative contact: DEBORAH CHOATE
Tel.: +33 1 70721600
Fax: +33 1 70721609
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 234 922


Place De L'Universite
1348 LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE
Belgium
Administrative contact: Luc Vandendorpe
Tel.: +32-10-472312
Fax: -+32-10-472089
E-mail
ALCATEL-LUCENT DEUTSCHLAND AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 261 398


LORENZSTRASSE
70435 STUTTGART
Germany
Administrative contact: Karl Schattauer
Tel.: +49-71182132344
Fax: +49-71182132667
E-mail
THALES COMMUNICATIONS SA
France

EU contribution: EUR 234 473


Boulevard de Valmy
92700 COLOMBES
France
Administrative contact: Olivier SAGNES
Tel.: +33 1 46 133283
Fax: +33 1 46 133280
E-mail
ECOLE SUPERIEURE D'ELECTRICITE
France

EU contribution: EUR 237 132


RUE JOLIOT CURIE - PLATEAU DE MOULON
91192 GIF SUR YVETTE CEDEX
France
Administrative contact: Fanny Gaget
Tel.: +33 1 6985 1253
Fax: +33 1 6985 1259
E-mail
INSTITUTE OF ACCELERATING SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 183 000


PANEPISTIMIOU 30
10024 ATHINA
Greece
Administrative contact: COSTAS PAPANICOLAS
Tel.: +302107257533
Fax: +302107295069
E-mail
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 170 234


Corso Duca degli Abruzzi
10129 TORINO
Italy
Administrative contact: Manuela Sciandra
Tel.: +39 011 0904022
Fax: +39 011 0904099
E-mail
KADIR HAS UNIVERSITESI
Turkey

EU contribution: EUR 92 064


HISARALTI CAD CIBALI FATIH CIBALI MERKEZ CAMPUS
34230 ISTANBUL
Turkey
Administrative contact: Erol Kunter
Tel.: +90-2125336532
Fax: +90-2125341022
E-mail
Bilkent Üniversitesi
Turkey

EU contribution: EUR 187 608


ESKISEHIR YOLU
TR-06800 ANKARA
Turkey
Administrative contact: Erdal Arikan
Tel.: +90-312-2901347
Fax: +90-312-2664192
E-mail
TURKCELL ILETISIM HIZMETLERI A.S.
Turkey

EU contribution: EUR 125 800


MESRUTIYET CADDESI TURKCELL PLAZA 71
34430 TEPEBASI, ISTAMBUL
Turkey
Administrative contact: Bulent Yilmaz
Tel.: +905322101883
Fax: +902163760083
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 63 465


Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT LEEDS
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Kathy Brownridge
Tel.: +441133436050
Fax: +441133434058
E-mail
ULTRA ELECTRONICS LIMITED
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 15 011


BRIDPORT ROAD 419
UB6 8UA GREENFORD
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Will Gimson
Tel.: +442088134685
Fax: +442088134568
E-mail
RINICOM LIMITED
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 331 570


Parkfield Lodge, Greaves Road
LA1 4TZ Lancaster
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Garegin Markarian
Tel.: +441132468792
Fax: +441132468860
E-mail
Record Number: 85291 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01