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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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SMARTEC
Paola Farinelli

SMARTEC

on 31 Oct 2019 in Projects |

“Pilot line production of transceiver modules for the next generation of smart RF power applications“ H2020 Fast-Track-to-Innovation 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 SMARTEC aims to implement a new generation of RF power modules based on a monolithic integration of coplanar GaN MMIC and capacitive RF-MEMS switches for higher integration, higher performances and lower cost production.A pilot line production will be dedicated for the fabrication these T/R modules based to address the needs of European markets. SMARTEC proposes to raise a unique Power-RF nanoelectronics innovation, that will radically transform future transceiver RF-power modules (TRX) and to produce them through a dedicated pilot line. These novel TRX of enhanced performance, smaller size and lower manufacturing cost will be core components of new products, addressing several segments of the RF-power market. SMARTEC paves the way to its stakeholders to access new markets and/or help them sustain their positioning in their industry rivalry, as well as increase their market shares. Moreover, SMARTEC will create new value propositions to several other markets (airliners, airports, air & sea vessel manufacturers, tour operators, etc.), as well as to several customer & social groups (passengers, tourists, ecologists & government bodies). The proposed pilot line will fill a gap in the European landscape of power RF manufactures and help European firms using power RF front ends compete global players. Industry faces 2 challenges: In general, upcoming power RF front end markets (e.g. commercial radars, backhaul, SATCOM) demand more and more higher power levels, higher frequencies, the ability to sustain power-ups, and all at smaller size and lower cost. Two specific “RF-Power Systems-based industry”, those of Avionics and Maritime, are about to face an obligatory adaption to new or updated strict EU regulations (RECAT EU3 & COLREGS), regarding, Airport and maritime Safety. The proposed coplanar monolithic GaN MMICs and RF MEMS product is addressing simultaneously all aforementioned industry problems, while all other competing technologies (commercially available or not) offer partial solutions. Furthermore, the simplified SMARTEC fabrication process alleviates back-end production steps thus lowering cost by 25% which for mass applications (e.g. 5G) can prove the key winning factor.   STATUS On-going...

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