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Advanced RF Transceivers for 5G base stations based on GaN Technology.

Objective

TA new generation of communications infrastructure is currently in development. The fifth generation (5G) communications technologies will provide internet access to a wide range of applications: from billions of low data rate sensors to high resolution video streaming. The 5G network is designed to scale across these different use cases and will use different radio access technologies for each use case.
To support very high data rates 5G will use wide bandwidth spectrum allocation at mm-wave frequencies. The offered bandwidth at the mm-wave frequencies (above 24 GHz) is more than 10 times as large as that in the lower bands (sub 6 GHz). However, the move to mm-waves comes at a cost – increased path loss. This makes it extremely challenging to provide coverage at mm-wave frequencies.
A partial remedy is to use beamforming to direct the radio energy to a specific user. For some deployment scenarios beamforming is not enough and the output power must also be increased. A major challenge is to bring affordable, high-performance mm-wave active antenna arrays into production. There is currently a market pull for this systems.
The main objectives of the “5G_GaN2” proposal are substantial lowering the cost, power consumption and increase the output power of mm-wave active antenna systems. Advanced Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology will be used to get maximum output power and energy efficiency. High-volume and low-cost packaging and integration techniques developed for digital applications (CMOS) will be used.
The capabilities of the developed technology will be shown in a set demonstrators. The application driven demonstrators will be used to guide the technology development towards maximum impact and exploitation in the post project phase. The consortium spans the complete value chain: from wafer suppliers, semiconductor fabrication and system integrators. In addition, key universities and research institutes guarantees academic excellence throughout the project.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet/internet access
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless/5g
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-ECSEL-2017-2-RIA-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

ECSEL-RIA - ECSEL Research and Innovation Action

Coordinator

UNITED MONOLITHIC SEMICONDUCTORS SAS
Address
Av Du Quebec 10 Batiment Charmille Parc Silic De Villebon Courtaboeuf
91140 Villebon Sur Yvette
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 139 729,06

Participants (16)

UNITED MONOLITHIC SEMICONDUCTORS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 152 437,40
Address
Wilhelm-runge-strasse 11
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 1 970 147,81
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 108 631,25
Address
Vazovova 5
81243 Bratislava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
III-V LAB
France
EU contribution
€ 1 072 930,63
Address
1 Avenue Augustin Fresnel Campus Polytechnique
91767 Palaiseau Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 165 948,75
Address
Avenue Des Louvresses 4
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 498,13
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
X-FAB Dresden GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 27 793,13
Address
Grenzstrasse 28
01109 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENCIO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 66 562,50
Address
Transistorweg 7
6534 AT Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SWEGAN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 151 824
Address
Teknikringen 8D
583 30 Linkoping
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 336 875
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNCOATS SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 47 437,50
Address
Technoport 4B, Rue Du Commerce
3895 Foetz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEC - MICROWAVE ELECTRONICS FOR COMMUNICATIONS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Via San Nicolo' Di Villola 1
40127 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 80 159,63
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BENETEL LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 106 975,88
Address
Guiness Enterprise Centre Taylor's Lane
8 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ERICSSON AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 85 327
Address
Torshamnsgatan 23
164 80 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TESAT-SPACECOM GMBH & CO.KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Gerberstr 49
71522 Backnang
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)