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TERahertz ReconfigurAble METAsurfaces for ultra-high rate wireless communications

Project description

Terahertz communications help usher in 6G

Over the next decade, 6G mobile communications will support novel applications, such as the internet of senses, that will capitalise on billions of wireless devices. However, existing technologies cannot meet the requirements of such envisioned services. Terahertz (THz) networking and communication systems constitute a strong candidate to support the industrial uptake of such advances. The EU-funded TERRAMETA project aims to examine revolutionary 6G technologies and demonstrate the feasibility of multi-functional THz reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) to support very high data rates in wireless communication networks. The RIS is a cost-effective, ultra-low-power and energy-efficient emerging technology for 6G wireless communications. TERRAMETA will develop hardware and advanced network analysis/optimisation methods for RISs and carry out demonstrations in a real factory and a telecom testing site.

Objective

The sixth generation (6G) of mobile communications, planned around 2030, is expected to support innovative applications with requirements not met with today’s technologies, such as massive-scale communications (within IoT), the Internet of senses, holographic communications, massive digital twinning and Extreme Reality, full autonomous driving and flying networks, considering use cases in smart cities, smart home and factories (e.g. ultra-high precision 3D positioning). With the emergence of viable THz communications systems on the horizon, it is crucial to contribute THz communication and networking to the technology roadmap for beyond 6G timeframe and a step closer to industrial uptake. The TERRAMETA project aims to investigate revolutionary technologies for 6G and demonstrate the feasibility of Terahertz (THz) Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface (RIS) assisted ultra-high data rate wireless communications networks. Novel high-performance hardware including the THz RIS and THz transmitter/receiver will be developed and advanced network analysis/optimizations techniques will be developed using these real THz components. The proposed TERRAMETA THz network will be driven by 6G usage scenario requirements and indoor, outdoor, and indoor-to-outdoor scenarios will be demonstrated in real factory setting and telecom testing field. It is expected that the outcome of this project will significantly progress innovations for across the 6G Technology and systems.

Coordinator

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Net EU contribution
€ 628 125,00
Address
RUA DR ROBERTO FRIAS CAMPUS DA FEUP
4200 465 Porto
Portugal

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Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
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Total cost
€ 628 125,00

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