The shift to scalable, highly integrated systems operating at microwave and THz frequencies is a paradigm shift in the design of hardware for wireless systems and poses completely new fundamental research questions that have to be addressed before the promised advantages can be realized in future wireless system designs.
The GHz Centre research aims to develop the next generation scalable wireless hardware solutions that enables cost- and energy efficient wireless systems in communication, defense, and space system application areas. This is only possible through the unique research environment and infrastructure available in the GHz Centre. Our joint research expertise and infrastructure is ranging all the way from semiconductor device technology, to integrated high-frequency circuit design, signal processing, industrial test-bed verifications, and systems. The four projects that we define describe, in a concrete way, how the GHz Centre collaboration will enable us to address key challenges in next generation wireless transmitters and receivers for future wireless systems.
There are a number of fundamental challenges that have to be addressed in order to enable next generation highly integrated and scalable wireless hardware. These challenges can be organized into three major categories:
- Challenge 1: Integration and scalability
- Challenge 2: Energy efficiency
- Challenge 3: Selectivity and sensitivity
These three hardware challenges serve as a common framework for the research projects in the GigaHertz Centre. Each project will, in different ways, contribute to address one or more of these common challenges. This will promote significant interactions between projects, members, and application areas thus avoiding project silos or sub-centres. Following this approach, four GHz centre projects that reflect the strongest industrial needs are defined: Efficient and linear transmitters, Smart receivers, Integrated THz systems, and Thermal effects.
GHz Centre Operational Plan_2017-2021