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Micromachined terahertz systems -a new heterogeneous integration platform enabling the commercialization of the THz frequency spectrum

Objective

This project envisions the wide-spread use of low-cost THz technology in our society, enabled by the proposed micromachined heterogeneous integration platform, which provides an unprecedented way to highly-integrated, volume-manufactuable, cost- and energy-efficient, reconfigurable submillimeter-wave and terahertz (THz) systems. The proposed THz integration platform is envisioned to initiate an important transition in industrial microwave-systems manufacturing and is expected to finally enable the large-scale commercialization of the heavily sought-after frequency space between 100 GHz and 1 THz. In line with technology convergence of advancing microwave semiconductor technology according to internal and external roadmaps, the proposed THz microsystem platform is envisioned to accommodate multiple generations of future THz products in different application fields. The concrete business and lead application case is THz microsystems enabling compact, low-cost point-to-point high-speed communication links in the frequency space between 100 GHz and 500 GHz, to be deployed in a scenario of a high-density small-cell base-station network providing ubiquitous high-speed internet access to mobile communication devices in urban environment. The key technology end-user driving the primary prototype development and demonstration of a complete THz communication link is Ericsson. A secondary prototype developed in M3TERA is on a multi-function adaptive THz sensor platform for different millimeter-wave sensing applications in society, including food quality control and food safety monitoring, medical diagnosis, and industrial sensing. The key manufacturing partner in this industry-driven proposal is the high-volume semiconductor and microsystems manufacturer IFAT, who also provides system packaging concepts. Project management of this 3-years project with 7 participants in 4 EU countries is done by a professional company with an exceptional career track in EU project management.
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Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

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Burgplatz 3a
9500 Villach

Austria

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 415 875

Participants (6)

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KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 987 585

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA AG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 969 062,50

ERICSSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 612 500

ANTERAL SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 76 250

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 681 688,75

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 644039

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 October 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 255 743,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 742 961,25

Coordinated by:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria