Partner with imec to develop and fabricate your next generations of radios and communication technology.
50 GB/s and 5G are only the beginning. Whether you’re building telecom equipment, running state-of-the-art data centers, or designing IoT networks and applications, you’ll agree that the networking industry is going through a pivotal change.
Your equipment needs to cater for exponentially growing data flows from edge applications to base stations, but also between servers in data centers and even between cores on a chip. All that data has to be relayed with minimum latency and maximal reliability.
Imec is an ideal partner to help you remain on top. We are developing solutions taking into account long-term industry roadmaps. You will profit from our collaborations with the largest players in the ecosystem. Moreover, as the emerging technologies involve new materials and components, we also offer capacity for integration, prototyping, small-to-medium volume production and – through our partners – even large volume manufacturing.
The solution of choice for next-generation transceivers will involve silicon photonics, a technology that has become mature, can be integrated on chip, and allows multiplying data speeds without increasing energy use.
Moreover, silicon photonics is within everyone’s reach: even start-ups can now develop transceivers with photonic components. That is, if you have a partner like imec that masters the specific challenges and offers the required processing that is not yet available within traditional IC fabrication.
So if you’re involved in next-gen data transceivers, come and talk with us to see how we can collaborate.
Here are some highlights of our offering:
With 5G currently rolled out and promising a data revolution, companies are already eying wireless technologies beyond 5G (B5G). These will accelerate the trend towards increasingly virtualized, programmable, and distributed network infrastructure.
Imec’s beyond 5G research program targets extreme-data-rate, low-cost and low-power radio solutions enabling next-generation device-to-device communication, high-quality augmented and virtual reality as well as >100 Gbps backhaul applications.
This program includes research on:
IoT and sensor networks call for dedicated solutions, for example sensor networks that work with very low power and can live forever on a battery (or even no battery at all). Ever smaller systems where everything is integrated on silicon.
Imec has an extensive IP library and the expertise and drive of our experts to find the best, future-proof solution for your wireless connectivity challenge. Here are some of the technologies we are working on:
No matter how large the capacity of your network infrastructure is, a major concern is to assure deterministic Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees, especially between time-sensitive or critical end-to-end applications. This is all the more challenging when applications are running on mobile or wireless devices in dynamic and complex environments.
End-to-end connections require seamless interoperability between heterogeneous (wired, wireless, optical) network technologies. And to achieve deterministic QoS, a strict timing control is of utmost importance. Imec has therefore extensively researched time-sensitive networking across multiple wired and wireless technologies such as Ethernet, PON, cellular 4G/5G/xG, Wi-Fi, BLE, IoT, ...
If you want to develop or improve professional solutions that require deterministic end-to-end connectivity, imec is your ideal partner. Our offer includes:
For the future of connectivity, the enabling technologies involve high-capacity/high-speed backbones, high-capacity wireless connections, and low-power sensor networks. For each of these, imec has unique, future-proof R&D tracks, mature IP, design capabilities, and access to prototyping and fabrication.
Here are a few of the many collaboration possibilities: