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Energy-efficient piezo-MEMS tunable RF front-end antenna systems for mobile devices

Objective

Future wireless communication systems need to cope with the increased number of frequency bands and advanced mobile phone standards supporting high data rates. At the same time mobile phone systems have to become more energy-efficient in order to contribute to the Grand Challenge “CO2-reduction”. The EPAMO project will address both aspects by exploring and implementing multiple innovative process and testing technologies to realise an adaptive antenna front-end system for 4G mobile phones. Due to closed-loop antenna tuning the radio power levels can be reduced in the mobile phone by more than 50%, in the base stations by at least 10%. It is estimated that the implementation of this technology has a global energy-saving potential of more than 10.000 GWh per year.
EPAMO has the objective to explore the potential of unprecedented ultra-high density RF-MEMS switch arrays to be integrated in an energy-efficient agile RF transceiver with reconfigurable antenna. Key cross-cutting More-than-Moore and heterogeneous integration technologies are high-force piezoelectric MEMS actuators based on Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) thin films, high reliability metallic contact switches, and low-loss silicon and composite glass-silicon 8” wafer substrates. Fine pitch through-wafer vias will allow a high-density 3D system integration in ultra-small RF module substrates with integrated components.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone

Call for proposal

ENIAC-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-ENIAC - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (ENIAC)

Coordinator

AIXACCT SYSTEMS GMBH
Address
Talbotsr 25
52068 Aachen
Germany
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 66 572
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Participants (15)

BOSCHMAN TECHNOLOGIES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 125 112
Address
Stenograaf 3
6921 EX Duiven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 70 943
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
EPCOS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 215
Address
Rosenheimer Str. 141E
81671 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Epcos Netherlands B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 266 840
Address
Bijsterhuizen 1122
6546 AS Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 242 761
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Landshut Silicon Foundry GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 110 516
Address
Jenaerstrasse 1
84034 Landshut
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
MASER Engineering B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 124 941
Address
Capitool 56
7521 PL Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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OKMETIC OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 141 716
Address
Piitie 2
01510 Vantaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
PICOSUN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 100 200
Address
Tietotie 3
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Plan Optik AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 79 046
Address
Über Der Bitz 3
56479 Elsoff
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
SILEX MICROSYSTEMS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 141 950
Address
Bruttovagen 1
175 26 Jarvalla
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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SOLMATES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 124 561
Address
Auke Vleerstraat 3
7521 PE Enschede
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 138 824
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
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Research Organisations
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UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 93 992
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus
Finland
EU contribution
€ 167 334
Address
Arkadiankatu 7
00101 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact