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Solutions for 5G and wireless IoT communication

Imec pioneers compact, high throughput, and power efficient design solutions for next-generation wireless communication. 


Our portfolio includes millimeter wave phased array transceivers, record-breaking ADCs, reconfigurable low-noise frequency synthesizers, tunable duplexers, and more. Our solutions cover the entire spectrum of wireless communication, ranging from LTE to 5G.

Watch the talk by imec expert Nadine Collaert on Energy- and cost-efficient device technology for beyond 5G communications

Covering the entire spectrum from LTE to 5G

We deliver solutions for the following communication technologies:

  • Mm wave wireless communication such as compact, extremely energy-efficient 60GHz radios for 5G outdoor wireless connectivity and indoor mm wave access.
  • Multi-standard ultra-low power radios for WiFi and WiGig connectivity in the Internet of Things. Our radio architectures achieve record-breaking performance and power efficiency, boosting throughput and battery life.
  • Cellular communication with breakthrough designs for high performance, compact, power efficient and reconfigurable radio architectures. 

5G and Internet-of-things communications

At imec, we are in the process of developing both ultra-low-power radios for IoT sensors to communicate to the network, cellular and WiFi radio as well as 60GHz communications for high speed data transfer.

Multi-standard ultra-low power IoT and 5G radios

Discover more about the multi-standard, ultra-low power radios being developed by imec for IoT applications.

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Cellular and WiFi communication

Find out more about imec’s development of scalable radios for LTE and WiFi.

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Power Model for Wireless Base Stations

Wireless base stations currently consume more than 80 percent of the total mobile network power and this number will only rise with increases in data traffic and support of new services for 5G and the Internet of Things.

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Ultra-wide band (UWB) technology

Use imec’s high-precision and low-power UWB positioning and tracking technology to design your next-generation IoT products.

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Deterministic networking

Imec devises software strategies for networks that offer 100% reliability within strict latency bounds.

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Ultra-low-power radio and Bluetooth for medical devices

The next generation of wearable, implantable and ingestible devices needs to transfer data in a secure, low-power, and user-friendly way. This is how imec helps you to overcome that challenge.

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Beyond 5G technology

Guided by concrete system needs, imec explores solutions to enable the next generation of wireless networking technology.

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Micro-location technology

Take a look at the options imec is exploring for a new class of location technologies.

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Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for the IoT

Explore the dependable, low-power and safe connectivity options that BLE enables.

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