millimeter Wave Silicon Photonics for Remote sensing And Wireless Links

  • Vegas Olmos, Juan José (Project Participant)
  • Rommel, Simon (Project Participant)
  • Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso (Project Participant)

    Project Details


    The exponential growth of the use of mobile devices, the interconnected environment and ‘smart’ cities require a dramatic increase in network capacity over the next decade. By 2020 it is expected that 50 billion devices are connected to the internet, a large part of these wirelessly. The required wireless bandwidth is, however, far beyond what technologies like WiFi can deliver.
    Governments all over the world have opened up new frequency bands for such wireless communications. The current level of technology is not able yet, though, to provide low cost and compact transceivers for these frequency bands, which is a crucial requirement for ubiquitous and mobile interconnected devices. Moreover no feasible technology exists for the next generation higher frequency bands.
    Optical chips are far more suitable than electronics to generate high-bandwidth signals at these frequencies, but until recently this technology was too experimental and not robust. Over the last few years, however, foundries with mature fabrication processes have been set up to fabricate silicon based optical chips. For the first time we can now use this optical chip technology to realize low cost, compact and high-bandwidth transceivers that enable the next generations of wireless internet. This project aims to achieve the scientific and technical breakthroughs required to leverage silicon photonics for the design of transceivers for high speed wireless communications.
    Effective start/end date01/11/201431/10/2018

    Collaborative partners


    • microwave photonics
    • Silicon photonics


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