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Design methods for Radio Architectures GOing Nanoscale

Project description

Design of semiconductor components and electronic based miniaturised systems DRAGON develops a design platform and novel flexible RF architectures for SoC( Systems on Chip) and SiP (Systems in Package).

The DRAGON project seeks to achieve distinct reductions in cost, size and energy consumption for multi-standard cellular handsets, and other products employing similar technology, while meeting higher demands on data rate. Increased data rates require the energy consumption per transmitted or received data bit to be reduced, both to save energy and to avoid thermal problems. When successful, wireless data services become an attractive low-cost alternative for novel applications. Always connected should be an option for everyone. With increased integration levels and with a low thermal and energy budget, both system-in-a-package and system-on-a-chip become reality and, SMEs and other non-wireless European industries will be able to develop radio-based products and services. The driving idea behind DRAGON is to research and use new design methodologies and architectural innovation based on reconfigurability and state-of-the-art digital CMOS technology in order to break the barriers imposed by the lacking scaling properties of analog components. Radio transceivers serve as an exemplary case with high impact value. In DRAGON we will develop a design platform comprising multi-standard (EDGE, WCDMA, LTE, and, 4G) transceiver specifications and novel flexible architectures as a tool to meet them. The number of required external components, like analog filters, will be reduced by the use of reconfigurable digital CMOS circuitry; and critical building-blocks will be implemented to demonstrate proof of concept, both of the architecture and design methodology, including a highly linear combined channel filter and receive ADC, RF digitisation receiver, a transmitter DAC, a switched-mode PA with adaptive digital predistortion and adaptive matching networks. All critical building-blocks will be fabricated, tested, and demonstrated in state-of-the-art CMOS technology. The project results will also be provided to standardisation bodies to allow alignment of requirements to technology limits.

Field of science

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Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2009-4
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Address
Burgplatz 3A
9500 Villach
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 339 192
Administrative Contact
Sonia Pichler

Participants (7)

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 664 200
Address
Siemensstrasse 2
9500 Villach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marlis Stifter-Lindner (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 282 136
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karin Karner (Ms.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 574 452
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 516 934
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 680 188
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Viktor Öwall (Dr.)
ERICSSON AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 284 850
Address
Torshamnsgatan 23
164 80 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fredrik Tillman (Dr.)
FTW FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM TELEKOMMUNIKATION WIEN GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 138 048
Address
Donau City Strasse 1/3
1220 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sue Ivan (Ms.)