The SODERA project on Re-configurable RADIO for Software Defined Radio for 3rd Generation mobile Mobile terminals will validate the suitable RADIO architecture and define the optimum technologies Partitioning (BiCMOS-SiGe, RF CMOS, SOI and Micromachining). This system architecture/partitioning will be validate for the multi-mode RADIO covering GSM (900 & 1800, GPRS & EDGE)/IS95/UMTS CDMA & TD-CDMA) (W-CDMA & TD-CDMA).
The main deliverables of the project will be:
Re-configurable radio architecture, And optimum RF technologies partitioning.
Design of RF basic passive & active devices on the new RF SOI.
The feasibility study of the integration of RF passive components using the new Micro-machining technology.
The design on BiCMOS-Sige, and SOI of complete RF macro Functions dedicated to the selected Re-configurable RADIO architecture.
The goal of SODERA, is to define the suitable radio architecture and to validate its feasibility taking in consideration the challenging criteria imposed by the mobile terminal market: low consumption, low cost , small size by integrating passive components, high performances and (high linearity, low noise figure)
In priority order, the technical objectives are:
to study and define the impact of the SDR concept on the RF architecture and to define the RF architecture which is able to provide the best solution for Re-configurable radio.
to validate the feasibility of the selected radio architecture and the partitioning between the more advanced technologies presently under development including BICMOS-SiGe, SOI & Micro-Machining.
There are two RF architectures, the Zero IF and the single IF, which seem suitable for Re-configurable Radio applications.
Partners will use their deep knowledge in these RF architectures, as a starting point of the studies and simulations for Re-configurable Radio systems.
The partners of the consortium are providing large panel of RF technologies including BICMOS-SiGe, SOI and Micro-Machining. The access to all these technologies will allow to validate a complete RF subsystem partitioning.
Radio Front-End re-configuration
Radio Front-End cost and power consumption
The areas of interest are "re-configurable radio systems and networks" and "advanced tools and technologies for wireless communications", with emphasis on
Software Defined Radio (SDR) techniques in 2G-3G User Equipment (UE) Radio Front-End architecture;
SDR architecture for UE;
Re-configurable hardware in UE;
Reduction of cost (number of components) of the Radio Front-End;
Development of basic functions of the Radio Front-End architecture in different technologies (SOI, BICMOSSi-Ge and Micro-Machining);
Optimisation of function partitioning and interaction between Base-Band and Radio Front-End.
The principal impacts will be:
- provision of a flexible, re-configurable Radio architecture for future developments of standards aimed at either allowing or mandating re-configurability
- provision of a panel of technologies suitable for Re-configurable Radio architectures.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
75752 Paris Cedex 15
15233 Halandri Athens