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Terahertz sensors and networks for next generation smart automotive electronic systems

Terahertz sensors and networks for next generation smart automotive electronic systems

Objective

The objective of Car2TERA is to develop emerging sub-THz (150-330 GHz) smart electronic systems based on latest semiconductor, microsystem and nanoelectronics technologies, and to implement TRL-4 demonstrators in two high-potential application scenarios: (1) a new class of compact, high-resolution, electronic-beam-steering short-range car radar sensors, with the primary application being in-cabin passenger monitoring (currently fastest growing car sensor market) for individually and real-time adjusted crash mitigation measures; (2) short-distance, high data-rate THz-over-plastic data links for telecommunication radio-access and backbone networks facilitating the data growth demanded by 5G and IoT.
Car2TERA combines, for the first time, the results of recent achievements in semiconductor, micro- and nanoelectronics scientific projects, including the Graphene Flagship, an ERC and several EU collaboration projects, with the following emerging THz technologies: (1) 600-GHz-fmax SiGe monolithic-microwave integrated circuits (MMICs); (2) silicon micromachining for system integration, packaging and phased-array antenna front-end; (3) integrated MEMS reconfigurability; and (4) large-bandwidth, high-linearity graphene MMICs; (4) advanced signal processing including OFDM radar signals and AI sensor fusion.

The consortium: Veoneer, world’s largest car safety equipment manufacturer; Ericsson, world leading in telecommunication systems; Infineon, world’s largest manufacturer of SiGe radar chip sets; the academic partners Chalmers and KTH, leading in MMIC design and micromachining/THz MEMS; and three SMEs leading in sub-THz technologies and 2D-materials.
With European car module manufacturers holding a market share of 79% on car radars, and European semiconductor manufacturers 90% on SiGe car-radar chip sets, this project aims at extending Europe’s success story on advanced, smart electronic sensor systems into the sub-THz frequency spectrum and into new emerging applications.

Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Address

Burgplatz 3a
9500 Villach

Austria

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 313 125

Participants (8)

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KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 961 876,25

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA AG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 746 125

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 009 625

ENT SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 99 625

ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 184 062,50

ANTERAL SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 117 812,50

VEONEER SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 383 375

ERICSSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 184 062,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 824962

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 March 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 999 688,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 999 688,75

Coordinated by:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria