NANOTEC (European FP7 project on NANOstructured materials and RF-MEMS RFIC/MMIC TEChnologies for highly adaptive and reliable RF systems)

RF communication and remote sensing (radar/radiometric) systems are facing the demands of increasing complexity/number of frequency bands, increased bandwidths and higher frequencies for higher data throughput, while at the same time the power consumption, the form factor of the systems, and the overall system costs must decrease. Future smart micro-/mm-wave systems will have to achieve self-reconfigurable operations for real-time efficient self-optimization of their performance. For such adaptive systems, high-performance tuning/switching components and strategies for building monolithically integrated (miniaturized) reconfigurable active RF circuits and front-ends are needed. The NANOTEC project aims to generate innovative approaches towards novel RF/mm-wave systems with increased functionality and potentially lower cost addressing future needs of European industry.
Within this project, the EBS institute is involved in the following research and development activities:
•    Design of X-band RF components for a wake vortex radar frontend
•    Design of 94 GHz receiver for a passive imaging Dicke radiometer
•    Design of key RF building blocks for a 140 GHz FMCW MIMO radar system

List of selected references:
[1]    S. Yuan and H. Schumacher, “A SiGe:C BiCMOS 140 GHz Wideband Frequency Multiplier-by-8 with Differential Output”, to appear at the European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference, (EuMIC), Nurnberg, Germany, 2013.
[2]    C. Ulusoy, M. Kaynak, V. Valenta, Bernd Tillack and Hermann Schumacher, “A 110 GHz LNA with 20 dB Gain and 4 dB Noise Figure in an 0.13µm SiGe BiCMOS Technology”, In proceedings of International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Seattle, USA, 2013.
[3]    V. Valenta, S. Yuan, A. Trasser and H. Schumacher , “F-Band Frequency Octupler in 0.13-µm SiGe:C BiCMOS with 2 mW Output Power”, In proceedings of International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Seattle, USA, 2013.
[4]    V. Valenta, M. Kaynak, A. Trasser, H. Schumacher, “Quadrupleur de fréquences en technologie SiGe: C BiCMOS 130 nm pour un radar à ondes continues modulées en bande-F”, In proceedings of 18èmes Journées Nationales Microondes (JNM), Paris, France, 2013.
[5]    V. Valenta, C. Ulusoy, A. Trasser and H. Schumacher, “Wideband 110 GHz frequency quadrupler for an FMCW imager in 0.13-μm SiGe: C BiCMOS process”, In proceedings of Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems (SiRF), Austin, USA, 2013.

Contact person: Dr.-Ing. Václav Valenta (vaclav.valenta@uni-ulm.de)
More details can be found at project-nanotec.com