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Energy- and cost-efficient device technology for beyond 5G communications

More than ever, connectivity takes a center stage in our society, connecting people working at home, connecting family and friends. With 5G being rolled out, the industry is looking already at the next generation of mobile communication 6G to bring even higher speeds and more connections than previous generations. Not only higher data rates and more connections will be the premise of beyond 5G, but also connecting different kind of devices and new ways humans and machines interact with each other. Exploiting the wide bands available at higher mm-wave frequencies becomes mandatory to provide the required throughput and ultra-low latency. Frequencies above 100GHz are already being considered. The design of heterogenous platforms, combining advanced CMOS with III/V technologies, offers significant benefits in output power and efficiency, while providing the small form factor needed for many applications.

In this talk, we will present imec’s roadmap towards 100 Gb/s links above 100 GHz, combining integrated CMOS and III/V devices with advanced system, architecture and circuit concepts to reach an energy consumption significantly below 1 nJ/bit. Specifically we will look at how to enable a mature and cost-efficient hybrid III/V and CMOS technologies to enable this next generation of wireless communication.


About Nadine Collaert

Dr. Nadine Collaert is program director at imec. She is currently responsible for the analog/RF program looking at heterogeneous integration of III-V/III-N devices with advanced CMOS to tackle the challenges of next generation mobile communication. Before that she was program director of the LOGIC Beyond Si program focused on the research on novel CMOS devices and new material-enabled device and system approaches to increase functionality.  She has been involved in the theory, design, and technology of FinFET devices, emerging memories, transducers for biomedical applications and the integration and characterization of biocompatible materials. She has a PhD in electrical engineering from the KU Leuven and she holds more than 400 publications and more than 10 patents in the field of device design and process technology.

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