Imec explores solutions to enable the next generation of wireless networking technology. Guided by concrete system needs.
More than ever, connectivity takes center stage in our society. As 5G is being rolled out, the industry is already looking at what lies beyond.
What will the next generation of wireless communication – 6G – bring? Even higher speeds, lower latency and more connections. It will also enable new use cases. Those will thrive on networks of different kinds of devices. And on new modes of interaction between humans and machines. For example:
For applications such as these, 5G will be unable to deliver the required throughput, latency, and energy-efficiency levels. Moreover, the congestion of currently used radio bands dictates a move to higher frequencies. To mmWave bands and even above 100 GHz.
Imec tackles the challenges that come with the move to higher frequencies within its Advanced RF program. Its aim is to enable high-performance energy-efficient, scalable and low-cost radio solutions.
More specifically, we explore the use of GaN and InP devices. The reason is they can deliver the desired output power and efficiency for the RF front-end module (FEM). We also study their heterogeneous integration with CMOS required for the beamforming.
What makes this Advanced RF program so unique? To enable beyond 5G technology, it combines two things. Imec’s long-standing expertise in semiconductor technology. And its world-class knowledge of mmWave circuit design, systems and algorithms.
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Imec fellow Piet Wambacq shares his vision on where the next generation of cellular connectivity can take us. And on what we need to realize that future.
Do you (almost) have a master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or another related field? Are you excited about the recent evolutions in beyond 5G? And do you want to help change the world by making communication ubiquitous, sustainable intelligent and/or invisible? Then you should consider applying for a PhD or postdoc position at imec.