HYBRID PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR INNOVATIVE 300 GHZ RADAR APPLICATIONS
The project HYPATIA aims at providing a robust electronic hetero-integrated high frequency technology with a wide range for industrial applications suited for the mass market. The core of the project lies in connecting the advantages of the substrate technology BiCMOS and mHEMT to realise an industrial-suited basis for high frequency sensors. This is done based on a silicon chip which works with a large bandwidth in a frequency range of 300 GHz. Combined with an mHEMT circuit, the range qualitiy of the signal increase significantly through low-noise receiver circuits. They are will be provided to challenging applications in the industrial measuring technology.
SIKORA AG, Infineon Technologies AG, Fraunhofer IAF, Fraunhofer FHR, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Chair for Integrated Systems), IMST GmbH
TOWARDS ADVANCED BICMOS NANOTECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS FOR RF TO THZ APPLICATIONS
It is TARANTO's goal to further expand the leading position of the European semiconductor industry in the SiGe BiCMOS technology and a solid industrial basis for the development of new products in the area of telecommunications as well as home and vehicle electronics. One of the main technical goals at TARANTO is to make the new performance level of SiGe HBT from earlier projects suitable for mass production. Another goal is to tailor the technologies to the scope mentioned above. For this, TARANTO's partners will establish new characterisation methods for frequencies up to a few hundred GHz on the decive and circuit level. Additionally, the HBT compact model will be further developed to support future applications.
34 partners in total. Coordinator: ST Microelectronics S. A.; German partners: Infineon Technologies AG, Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH, Innovations for High Performance (ihp GmbH), MICRAM Microelectronic GmbH, Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Chair for Integrated Systems), RWTH Aachen University, Technische Universität Dresden, Universität des Saarlandes, Universität Stuttgart, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Nokia Solutions and Networks GmbH&Co KG, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg, Kathrein-Werke KG
UNIVERSAL RADAR MODULES FOR FULLY AUTOMATED DRIVING
Autonomous driving, especially in the urban environment, is the future of the car industry. A future vision that will be the reality in just a few years and will have a positive impact on our lives. Ultimately, it comes down to one question: Will the German automotive and supply industry be able to drive this development and strengthen its global claim to technology and market leadership.
The project radar4FAD does its bit by securing the essential requirement for autonomous driving: the full robust envoronment recognition - always and under all boundary conditions. The radar system has to be permanently efficient, independent of the weather conditions, time of the day, traffic volume, and other influences. Over the course of the project, a flexible radar modular construction kit is to be built. The construction kit is to be cost efficient and thus suitable for large-scale production of all forms of radar applications in the area of highly automated driving. In the context of the project, the Chair of Integrated Systems researches integrate circuits for future radar modules selectively for extended modulation schemes like Orthogonal-Division Code Multiplex (OFDM) and fast Chirp Sequences (CS).
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Chair for Integrated Systems), Infineon Technologies AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Daimler AG, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer ENAS, Fraunhofer FHR, Innovations for High Performance (ihp), Universität Ulm, Chemnitzer Werkstoffmechanik GmbH, IMST GmbH
DEVELOPMENT OF A RADAR BASED SENSOR SYSTEM FOR AN ADAPTIVE COMPENSATION OF THE 3D POSITIONING ERROR OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS
It is the goal of the research project Radarmeter 3D to use industrial robots highly accurate while still being cost efficient. Industrial robots usually have a good relative positional accuracy. To accomplish a highly precise and absolute position accuracy, however, is a problem that has not been satisfactorily solved yet. Visual sensor methods for position control are sensitive to dust and moisture. Additionally, the sensors are either not precise, slow, and cheap, like camera based methods, or precise fast but also expensive, like laser based systems.
In the project, a multi radar sensor system for a highly precise and three dimensional positioning is researched. The measuring system will be equipped with at least three radar sensors, which will measure the three dimensional position of the roboter in the romm dependent of the stationary reference targets. Additionally, a coupling with an environment simulation gives a priori information for a digital signal processing and target rendition. . The sensor is then able to compensate angular errors on the basis of the current measures. Thanks to the radar positioning sensor, such a industrial robot can be flexibly used in many areas, e.g. to measure and ensure the quality of components in industrial processes or to navigate mobile roboters. The project has been successfully registered with LeitmarktAgenturNRW and is funded in equal parts by the state NRW and the EU.
IGA mbH, Krohne Innovation GmbH, IBG Robotronic GmbH, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (ESIT, EST, Chair for Integrated Systems), HÜBNER GmbH & Co. KG, Etalon AG, Wilhelm Schröder GmbH, ISRA VISION AG, LBBZ-NRW GmbH
DEVELOPMENT OF A NAVIGATIONAL AID FOR PEOPLE WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
A navigation system for blind people and people with visual impairment was the goal of the research project RaVis-3D. With this new system. the user can perceive their environment acoustically - similar to the echolocation used by bats - so that even in foreign environment they can recognise how far away obstacles and walls are. The radar system scans the surroundings and converts the gained information into an acoustic sound pattern. Through this visualisation of their surroundings, the user is no longer dependent on the range of their white cane. RaVis 3D is a cooperation project within the European Funds for Regional Development. Besides the three chairs of electrical engineering of the Ruhr-University Bochum, several industrial partners are part of the funds. The project was successfully registered with LeitmarktAgenturNRW and is funded in equal parts by the state NRW and the EU.
Kampmann Hörsysteme GmbH, SNAP GmbH, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (ESIT, IKA, Integrated Systems), Dräger und Lienert Informationsmanagement GbR, Berufsförderungswerk Halle (Saale), GN Hearing GmbH
ICT-eMuCo is a European project supported under the Seventh Framework Programme (7FP), which is coordinated by Ruhr-Universität-Bochum. The aim of the project is to develop a platform for future mobile devices based on multi-core architecture maintaining a high flexibility and scalability in the system. This comprises the relevant controller element as well as the operating system and application layers.
The aim of the research in EASY-C will be to develop key technologies for the next generation of cellular networks (LTE and beyond). Therein our institute explores suitable processor platforms for the second layer of the protocol stack (MAC, RLC and PDCP) with a focus on concepts and models for hardware acceleration.
The growing demand for wireless communication systems with transmission rates of multiple gigabits per second presents a great technological challenge. The only solution is to increase the spectral efficiency of the transmission method or to explore the frequencies in the millimeter range, which is not used for mobile communications as of yet. On a system level, the Chair of Integrated Systems researches the realisation of a highly integrated 60 GHz communications system in a cost-efficient silicon technology.
3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the successor of UMTS. Using higher order modulations and multiple antennas (MIMO) a datarate up to 200 Mbit/s is achieved. LTE is the first cellular standard using Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) which utilizes more efficiently the frequency spectrum. In the ISIRF-project the impact of analog components within the radio frontend on the signal integrity is investigated and suitable compensation methods are developed.
BEYOND GIGABIT WIRELESS SYSTEMS
The Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) is the short distance pendant of the popular wireless local area network (WLAN). A broadband communication system at 60GHz provides the capability to realize thousand fold higher data rates compared to WLAN. Thus, uncompressed video streams can be transmitted wireless from notebook to the video projector and a wired connection between (HD-) TV, DVD-player and Hi-Fi system can be omitted. The 60-GHz-WPAN-Project targets the design of analog RF building blocks and a receive chain in a 65 nm digital CMOS technology. More
Location-based services (LBS) are a key pervasive computing application that could deeply influence the way people use their mobile devices. Recent advances in mobile phones, GPS, and wireless networking infrastructures are making it possible to implement and operate large-scale LBS. In enabling LBS applications to interoperate with the Internet, using IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) which supports all the existing industrial standards (e.g., GSM, UMTS, GPS, AGPS), promises carriers and subscribers alike a suite of new location services. The integration of advanced LBS in IMS and the possible application of these services are suggested in this project.
In this project, research concerning the receive path in mobile communications is conducted. The challenge here lies especially to exchange the external steep SAW filters with electrical filters in the entry of the receive path. The electrical filter is especially low-noise and linear.
The increasing traffic volume in the streets leads to a demand for new safety concepts in the motoring technology. According to studies dealing with automobile radar systems, about 88% of all collisions are affected positively by these systems. The project aims at realising cost-effective radar systems on highly integrated silicon chips for the next generation of automobile radar systems at 76-81 GHz. The Chair of Integrated Systems researches and develops integrated circuit components for the analog front end of these radar systems.