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Innovative ultra-BROadband ubiquitous Wireless communications through terahertz transceivers

Objective

The demand for broadband content and services has been growing at tremendous rates, and predictions indicate that wireless data-rates of multiple tens of Gbps will be required by the year 2020, essentially for short-range connectivity. Currently available wireless technology cannot support these future demands, and so there is an urgent need to develop new technology platforms that are cost and energy efficient to enable ubiquitous ultra-broadband wireless communications seamlessly integrated with high-speed fibre-optic networks, paving the way for 100 Gbps datarates in the long term. The frequency spectrum currently in use is not expected to be suitable to accommodate the predicted future data-rate requirements, and therefore there is a need to embrace higher frequency bands, above 60 GHz and up to 1 THz. iBROW aims at developing a novel, low cost, energy-efficient and compact ultra-broadband short-range wireless communication transceiver technology, capable of addressing predicted future network usage requirements. This will be pursued through the exploitation of Resonant Tunnelling Diode (RTD) devices which represent the fastest pure solid-state electronic devices operating at room temperature with reported working frequencies exceeding 1 THz. Through the development of a unified technology that can be integrated into both ends of the wireless link, namely consumer portable devices and fibre-optic supported base-stations, the project aims at increasing the RTD output power, optical detection efficiency and energy efficiency at target frequencies, developing a methodology for low cost RTD manufacturing on a silicon platform, photonic integration and packaging, as well as identifying appropriate communication methods and architectures to enable its deployment in 10 Gbps short-range wireless communication devices in short term and paving the way for 100 Gbps in long term for both the mm-wave and THz frequency bands, seamlessly integrated with optical fibre networks
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

Address

University Avenue
G12 8qq Glasgow

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 861 598,75

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VIVID COMPONENTS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 235 837,50

NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS GMBH &CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 209 093,75

ALCATEL-LUCENT DEUTSCHLAND AG

Germany

UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 181 476,16

IQE Silicon Compounds Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 217 500

III-V LAB

France

EU Contribution

€ 500 430

COMPOUND SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES GLOBAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 256 250

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 304 375

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 470 043,75

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 356 250

Optocap Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 263 750

FCIENCIAS.ID - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIENCIAS

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 138 523,84

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 645369

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 995 128,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 995 128,75

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom