Proyect Overview

Financiador

european union

Número de expediente: 761390
Call: H2020-Galileo-2015-1
Programa: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Partners

  • Ceit-IK4
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Finland
  • STmicroelectronics, Italy
  • III-V Lab, France
  • Erzia Technologies, Spain
  • Nokia-Alcatel-Lucent, Italy
  • Università di Pavia, Italy

Resumen

The main objective of the H2020 DREAM project is the research and development of advanced, cutting-edge technologies for wireless high data rate communication links able to cope with the requirements of future cellular networks beyond 5G.

The increase in wireless communication speed has been almost ten-fold every four years until now. Assuming the development is extrapolated into the future, 100 Gbps wirelessly will appear in around 2020. To date, there is still a lack of technology compatible with the next high demanding telecommunications standards beyond the 5G.

New network architectures that can be deployed efficiently will be required to address this very demanding high density urban environment. Small cells are a key enabler of future networks and they are currently a focus of research leading to new challenges for the backhaul network because of their dense deployment.

The H2020 DREAM project, through the exploitation of the radio spectrum in D-band (130-174.4 GHz) with beam steering functionality, will enable wireless links with data rate exceeding current V-band and E-band wireless backhaul solutions by at least a factor of 10 and thus, it will bring wireless systems to the speed of optical systems. The DREAM project vision and objectives rely on a power efficient and silicon based BiCMOS transceiver analog front end, operating in D-band and enabling cost efficient deployment of meshed networks with seamless fiber performance. A beam steering integrated antenna array using an intelligent low-cost packaging technology prototype will be developed for the implementation of the beyond 5G network proof of concept in a realistic environment.

Papel del Ceit en el proyecto

In the system definition phase, Ceit-IK4 will collaborate in the system specification and in the architecture definition, by performing link budget calculations, giving the specifications for the different building blocks and defining the interfaces between them.

In the design phase, Ceit-IK4 will design the integrated phase shifters, which play a key role in achieving beam steering functionality. Ceit-IK4 will also be in charge of the integration of the different building blocks within the transmitter and receiver radio front-end chips and of the design of the control mechanisms for the chips.

In addition, Ceit-IK4 will provide technical support during the system integration and validation phase.

Persona de contacto

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Juan F. Sevillano

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Proyect Overview

Financiador

seventh framework programme

Número de expediente FP7-ICT-317957
Programa: UE Seventh Framework Programme

Partners

  • Ceit-IK4
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (DE)
  • Alcatel-Lucent Italia S.p.A. (IT)
  • Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (FR)
  • Incide, S.A. (ES)
  • Silicon Radar GmbH (DE)
  • STMicroelectronics SRL (IT)
  • Sivers IMA Aktiebolag (SE)
  • Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (EL)

Resumen

With the emergence of widescreen devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers, network subscribers demand from their network operators to be able to use their handsets in the same way they use their internet connection at home or in the office. This translates to a demand of high and peaky bandwidth, which is stressing current network infrastructures and business models, which were not conceived for this new use case. This demand of ubiquitous high-speed broadband is pushing for a convergence and interoperability of mobile, wired and wireless broadband network topologies as enablers of the future internet. However, the backhauling infrastructure is becoming a bottleneck for the development of these network solutions.

E3Network will design an E-band transceiver for the backhaul infrastructure of the future networks. It will work in the E-band, which enables highly focused "pencil beam" transmissions and huge bandwidth. The pencil-beam property facilitates a high degree of frequency reuse in the deployment of backhaul links and reduces EMF exposure of European citizens. The transceiver will use modern digital multi-level modulations to achieve high spectral efficiency. This together with the huge bandwidth will enable high capacities above 10 Gbps.

The RF analogue front-end of the transceiver will be a highly integrated circuit using advanced SiGe BiCMOS technology, which enables energy and cost effectiveness. However, a consequence of transistors length reduction is an exponential increase of process variations, leading to over-constrained designs to guarantee sufficient post-fabrication performance yield. In order to achieve the required performance, a mixed analogue-digital design approach together with novel signal processing methods will be applied.

Research will be driven by the end-user and industrial partners to ensure that it address the needs of the future generations of the mobile network infrastructure. The potential for an increased economic and energy efficiency of access/transport infrastructures will be illustrated by a prototype integrated in the network providing communication over 1 km with availability of 99.995%.

The developed backhaul technology will strengthen the position of European Industry in field of network infrastructure technology. It will facilitate the transition to smaller and more energy efficient base stations, which are key for the novel network topologies needed to address the new patterns of usage of citizens. 

Objetivos del proyecto

Project coordinator

Technical tasks:

  • System modeling
  • Analogue TX front-end design in SiGe for E-Band(71-76, 81-86) GHz
  • Design of a 2 GHz-bandwidth modulator
  • Design of mix-signal algorithms to compensate analogue impairments
  • Implementation in an FPGA of the base-band processor

Persona de contacto

Igone Vélez

Igone Vélez

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Proyect Overview

Financiador

european union

Número de expediente: CS-GA-2012-01-GRA-323466
Programa: Seventh Framework Programme. Cleansky

Partners

  • Ceit-IK4
  • Integrasys

Resumen

WILDCRAFT proposes the design, development and testing of a proof-of-concept demonstrator of a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) aimed at applications in the aerospace industry. The continuous pressure on aircraft manufacturers to produce better and more secure aircrafts has led to increasing costs in maintenance and monitoring procedures that are being performed at given time intervals to assess the state of an aircraft. Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) allow the continuous monitoring of critical variables of the operation of an aircraft, and as such they are able to issue early warning of a possible problem for immediate repairing.

WILDCRAFT is paying attention to data fusion techniques needed for obtaining an "abstract sensor" from the measurements taken by a multiplicity of sensors deployed in a specific part in an aircraft. To that end we are going to study the most suitable algorithms to infer, estimate or summarize the state of the physical variable being measured. The designed algorithms will be implemented in a FPGA platform. In WILDCRAFT we are also considering the safety critical nature of any on-board system in an aircraft.

The set of safety requirements of the system will be compiled and used for the specification, design and development of the building blocks of the system: sensors, energy harvesting, RF transceiver and microprocessor, and the corresponding levels of software and programmable hardware blocks. 

Objetives

The project's objectives are:

  • To define an architecture for a WSN able to operate in an aircraft environment. Among the characteristics we are seeking for the WSN are:
    • Range of communications between nodes must be at least the size of a typical aircraft.
    • Worldwide deployment of the system. This is particularly important if RF communications are used.
    • Flexible architecture that allows the installation of different kind of sensors with minimal changes (preferably, software changes)
    • The definition of the architecture must take into account functional specifications applicable to the aerospace industry with regard to weight, RF emissions and power consumption.
    • Low Power Consumption. Evaluate the impact of energy harvesting and power management in the total power consumption of the nodes.
  • The implementation of data fusion techniques at the sensor node will reduce the amount of data that need to be transferred within the WSN and therefore reduce bandwidth requirements, increase the immunity to interferences, allowing the possibility to reduce power consumption in the whole network.
  • To take into account the Safety Critical specifications imposed by the aerospace industry in the design of such a system. A risk assessment will be made to confront possible problems at all level of the device life cycle: design, validation and operation.
  • To develop a demonstrator of the WSN using several sensors nodes (temperature, strain gauges, vibrations) and one global computation unit that will gather and process the data obtained from the sensors in order to show the state of the aircraft's parts by presenting them in a unified way.
    The final objective of WILDCRAFT is to serve as a fully automated way of inspecting the state of an aircraft structure and to achieve that it will be necessary to process a large amount of data in an intelligent way. WILDCRAFT will be using the inherent redundancy of WSNs to augment the overall fault tolerance of the system by employing data fusion techniques that can be implemented both at the node level and also at a global level to produce values that can be thought as a measure from an "abstract sensor" that represent the measures from all de WSN.

Papel del Ceit en el proyecto

Coordinador del proyecto

Persona de contacto

Andoni Irizar

Andoni Irizar

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mobnet

Proyect Overview

Financiador

european union

Número de expediente: grant agreement No 687338
Call: H2020-Galileo-2015-1
Programa: This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Agencia: European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA).

Partners

  • Ceit-IK4
  • Delft Dynamics B.V. (Netherlands)
  • NavPos Systems GmbH (Germany)
  • ORBITAL Critical Systems (Spain)
  • SGSP (Szkoła Główna Służby Pożarniczej), Poland. 

Resumen

The main objective of MOBNET is to locate isolated victims during natural disasters and situations of emergency such as earthquakes, hurricanes or large snowstorms. MOBNET will also help first responder services to find lost people in general. To that end, the use of EGNSS (both Galileo early services and EGNOS) and DCT (Digital Cellular Technologies) plays a key role in situations where it is difficult, dangerous or even impossible to access the affected areas. MOBNET will be designed and built as a reduced SWaP, on-board payload for a UAV.

Papel del Ceit en el proyecto

Ceit-IK4 is in charge of the development of the DCT (Digital Communication Tecnologies) subsystem. This subsystem is the responsible of detecting GSM signals and using them to locate the mobile phone of victims of debris or other natural or man-made disasters.

This subsystem is able to receive, decode and decrypt GSM signals, and calculate the ranging estimates necessaries to perform the positioning of the mobile phone. Therefore, the DCT subsystem is able to work in the most common frequency bands operated within this standard: GSM-900, GSM-1800 and GSM-1900]. Furthermore, this subsystem is able to work as a GSM BTS (Base Transceiver Station) and to receive and send SMS (short messages).

Persona de contacto

Leticia Zamora

Leticia Zamora Cadenas

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