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SMARTWAVE
Paola Farinelli

SMARTWAVE

on 15 Oct 2020 in Projects |

“Metamaterial based, radio frequency and millimetre wave phase shifters for future generation phased array antenna applications“ H2020 EIC  FETPROACT project to start a dedicated pilot line of innovative transceiver RF-power modules for mass applications. (Project n° 869817  – H2020-EIC- FTI-2018-2020)   OBJECTIVES In the modern world everything goes wireless and everyone goes mobile. To sustain this trend, higher frequency, smaller, more complex analogue electronics with beam steering capabilities are becoming ubiquitous. SMARTWAVE capitalizes on a newly identified technology combination to reinvent, design, fabricate and commercialize the main building block of any beam steering capable system, the phase shifter. A novel phase shifting mechanism based on reconfigurable metamaterials promises to enable phase shifting technology with excellent performance characteristics, increased speed and reduced power consumption. SMARTWAVE technology is easily implemented in existing semiconductor fabrication lines and is inherently compatible with both III-V as well as Si and SiGe fabrication process. This ensures easy adoption of the novel idea into existing markets. To prove this, SMARTWAVE aims at demonstrating the phase shifting prototype in both technological platforms building a III-V based, K-band version to be included in a demonstrator phase array antenna for Satcomm and / or Radar applications as well as an advanced radar chipset fabricated in SiGe BiCMOS technology operating at 120GHz..   STATUS On-going   PARTNERS THALES SA, France –  COORDINATOR https://www.thalesgroup.com/fr/global/innovation/recherche-technologie   RF microtech s.r.l. Italy https://www.rfmicrotech.com   IHP microelectronics Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics Institute at Leibniz Association   Foundation for Research and Technology FORTH, Greece https://www.forth.gr/   TAIPRO  ENGINEERING, Belgium https://www.taipro.be/  ...

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HALLTRACK
Paola Farinelli

HALLTRACK

on 3 Sep 2020 in Projects |

”HAngar reaL time TRACKing & tracing system’’ Industry 4.0 project for the development of a totally innovative localization and tracking system for indoor and outdoor applications. The project has been selected and funded by the Competence Center CIM4.0 (Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0) in the framework of the PRIA_I4.0 program.   OBJECTIVES To test in real enviroment an innovative radar system for the localization and tracking of forklift and carriages used in large industrial and maintenance areas, like airport hangars and warehouses. The system is based on a FMCW radar and tag system and presents several advantages with respect to commercial ones, such as: High accuracy Low complexity and low cost High detection range High Tag battery life TRL Level From 5 to 7 STATUS On-going PARTNERS RF microtech s.r.l. Italy – PRIME CONTRACTOR https://www.rfmicrotech.com   Blue System s.r.l. Italy...

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COMFID
Paola Farinelli

COMFID

on 13 Mar 2020 in Projects |

“COMpact broadband FIlters at C and Ku band based on Dielectric materials”  ESA project for the development and space assessment of miniaturised C and Ku RF filters based on dielectric materials (ESA Artes Advanced Technology, Contract 4000129893/20/NL/NR)   OBJECTIVES The objective is to design, produce and test compact broadband C-band and Ku-band input filters based on dielectric materials. The use of advanced manufacturing processes such as additive manufacturing (AM) will be exploited with the aim of optimizing the geometry of the final piece, improving its performance and minimizing mass and dimensions. The use of additive manufacturing would also make the realization phase of the various sub-parts more efficient, for example minimizing the number of sub-parts to be assembled for the final device. The aim is to reduce the volume of the C-band and Ku-band input filters by 50%, compared to the current reference standard, while maintaining substantially unchanged all the electrical performance parameters with respect to the current state-of-the-art. TRL Level From 4 to 6   STATUS On-going   PARTNERS   RF microtech s.r.l. Italy – PRIME CONTRACTOR https://www.rfmicrotech.com   https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/italySiae Microelettronica Italy...

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METIOT
Paola Farinelli

METIOT

on 4 Feb 2020 in Projects |

”Full Duplex Steerable Antenna for Mass Market Interactive Terminals’’ ESA project for the development and space assessment of low cost fully steerable Ka band antenna for SATCom and S-IoT applications (ESA Artes Advanced Technology, Contract AO/1-9744/19/UK/ND)   OBJECTIVES To develop of a novel class of low cost fully steerable Ka band antenna for Mass Market Interactive Terminals based on an innovative use of metasurface technology. The main antenna characteristics are: Fully scanning Low cost Low power consumption Small size Low bit rate TRL Level From 2 to 4   STATUS On-going   PARTNERS   RF microtech s.r.l. Italy – PRIME CONTRACTOR https://www.rfmicrotech.com   Wave Up s.r.l. Italy http://wave-up.it/   LINKS Foundation, Italy https://linksfoundation.com...

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COKKO
Paola Farinelli

COKKO

on 7 Jan 2020 in Projects |

‘COmpact Ku/Ka-band filters for On-board processor-based payloads’ ESA project for the development and space assessment of miniaturised Ku- and Ka-band RF filters integrating a wide-band differential interface for on-board digital signal processors (ESA Artes Advanced Technology, Contract 4000129096/19/NL/AF)   OBJECTIVES Miniaturising the broadband filters and implementing differential interfaces to the ADCs and DACs (e.g. by integrating baluns) will significantly impact the size of analogue pre- and post-processors. Up to 30% size reduction could be achieved by combining advanced design techniques with three-dimensional implementation techniques such as Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics (LTCC) or multilayer Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). At the same time, due attention must be paid to implementing good gain and phase stability and tracking through the different analogue signal processing chains, which is important in digital beam forming applications. The objective of this project is to design, manufacture and test miniaturised Ku- and Ka-band RF filters integrating a wide-band differential interface for on-board digital signal processors.   TRL Level From 4 to 6   STATUS On-going   PARTNERS   RF microtech s.r.l. Italy – PRIME CONTRACTOR https://www.rfmicrotech.com   Thales Alenia Space Italy Italy...

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