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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.
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Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Address

Burgplatz 3a
9500 Villach

Austria

Activity type

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

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