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Advanced MEMS For RF and Millimeter Wave Communications

Objective

The approach of the information society has resulted in a tremendous increase in the volume of wireless communication often giving rise to bottle-necks in the communication systems. To alleviate this congestion there is pressure to widen the allocated frequency bands up to millimetre wavelengths and to have terminals that are able to support many standards. It is understood that conventional components and solutions have limitations that will make it difficult to fulfil these requirements.

The last five years has seen the emergence of a technology, RF and microwave MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), that seeks to overcome these limitations. In this new technology mechanical and electrical functions are combined to improve the performance of existing devices, allow on-wafer device integration and the creation of completely new device systems called Advanced MEMSfor RF and Millimeterwave Communications "AMICOM".A consortium has been assembled that believes the merging MEMS technologies with 1Ctechnologies will lead to advanced microsystems that can operate over very broad-bandfrequency ranges.

The microsystems will feature innovative functionalities, such as circuit redundancy, reconfigurability and power management. To realise this micro system concept, research and collaboration in many different fields is required including fabrication technology, materials, electromagnetics, mechanics, thermal and electrical modelling, characterisation, packaging and reliability. We believe that a Network of Excellence is the most appropriate vehicle with which to assemble and integrate the isolated competences that exist around Europe in this field.

In this way a powerful research body will be created that can compete with the United States and Japan. The idea is to give to the industrial partners access to a large and transparent body of European competence to help them to enhance their competitiveness.

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
75794 Paris Cedex 16
France

Participants (21)

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
75272 Paris 6
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Batiment Le Ponant D, 25 Rue Leblanc
75015 Paris Cedex 15
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Cranfield Campus
MK43 0AL Cranfield
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address

1015 Lausanne
FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Italy
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
Trento
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS
Greece
Address
Vassilika Vouton
71110 Iraklio, Crete
FRAUNHOFER IAF
Germany
Address
Tullastr. 72
79108 München
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU MICROTEHNOLOGIE
Romania
Address
Erou Iancu Nicolae Street 32B
72225 Bucharest
INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGII MATERIALOW ELEKTRONICZNYCH
Poland
Address
Ul. Wolczynska 133
01-919 Warszawa
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
Leuven
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
Address
Inonu Bulvari, Campus --
Ankara
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Address
Technion City
Haifa
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DARMSTADT
Germany
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
UNIVERSITAET ULM
Germany
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Sankt Olofsgatan 10B
75105 Uppsala
VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Address

02044 Vtt