The main objective of METIS is to lay the foundation for, and to generate a European consensus on the future global mobile and wireless communications system. METIS will provide valuable and timely contributions to pre-standardisation and regulation processes, and ensure European leadership in mobile and wireless communications.



The METIS-II builds on the successful METIS project and will develop the overall 5G radio access network design and to provide the technical enablers needed for an efficient integration and use of the various 5G technologies and components currently developed. METIS-II will provide the 5G collaboration framework within 5G-PPP for a common evaluation of 5G radio access network concepts and prepare concerted action towards regulatory and standardisation bodies.



This project targets the emerging frontier research field of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems along with several innovative and somewhat unconventional applications of such systems. The use of arrays of transmitters and receivers will have a profound impact on future medical imaging/therapy systems, radar systems and radio communication networks. Multiple transmitters provide a tremendous versatility and allow waveforms to be adapted temporally and spatially to environmental conditions. This is useful for individually tailored illumination of human tissue in biomedical imaging or ultrasound therapy. Ultimately, our research aims at developing the fundamental tools that will allow the design of wireless communication systems with an order-of-magnitude higher capacity at a lower cost than today; of ultrasound therapy systems maximizing delivered power while reducing treatment duration and unwanted illumination; and of distributed aperture multi-beam radars allowing more effective target location, identification and classification.



DUPLO is an international research project co-funded from EU 7th Framework Programme funds. The project Full-Duplex Radios for Local Access (DUPLO) aims at developing new technology and system solutions for future generations of mobile data networks by introducing a new full-duplex radio transmission paradigm, the same carrier frequency is used for transmission and reception at the same time. The approach holds the potential to significantly increase the capacity, and will focus on energy efficient solutions which also enable a more flexible use of the spectrum. DUPLO will study and develop technical solutions for efficient self-interference cancellation in wireless transceiver to enable usage of full-duplex transmission in different nodes of the wireless communications networks, including access points, devices and relay nodes.




LTE and LTE-Advanced have been optimized to deliver high bandwidth pipes to wireless users. The transport mechanisms have been tailored to maximize single cell performance by enforcing strict synchronism and orthogonality within a single cell and within a single contiguous frequency band.5GNOW will question the design targets of LTE and LTE-Advanced having these shortcomings in mind. The obedience of LTE and LTE-Advanced to strict synchronism and orthogonality will be challenged. 5GNOW will develop new PHY and MAC layer concepts being better suited to meet the upcoming needs with respect to service variety and heterogeneous transmission setups. A demonstrator will be built as Proof-of-Concept. 5GNOW will build upon continuously growing capabilities of silicon based processing.




The main objective of the DRAGON project was to research and use new design methodologies and architectural innovations, based on reconfigurability and state-of-the-art digital CMOS technology, in order to break the barriers imposed by the lack of scaling properties of analog components. With this concept, distinct reductions in cost, size and energy consumption for multi-standard cellular handsets would be achieved, while higher demands on data rate could be met. Data rates have been increasing steadily, therefore the energy consumption per transmitted or received data needs to be reduced in order to save energy and avoid thermal problems. Wireless data services are becoming an attractive low-cost alternative to be used in novel applications.




To meet the new challenges such as reconfigurability and flexibility but with low power consumption and low silicon area, completely new chip architectures and circuits for the digital baseband processor are required. The traditional mobile phone is quickly changing from being a voice communication device with rudimentary messaging capabilities, communicating over a single network type, to becoming a portable multimedia, multi-network hub. A natural evolution is that a mobile terminal will need to handle simultaneous wireless streams. The MULTI-BASE project objectives target the elimination of key technical and commercial barriers to ubiquitous broadband access by enabling efficient and sustainable disposition of operation and production factors as spectrum, power engineering cost and silicon process technology.




The H2020 project M3TERA envisions the wide-spread use of low-cost THz technology in our society, enabled by the proposed micromachined heterogeneous integration platform, which provides an unprecedented way to highly-integrated, volume-manufactuable, reliable, reconfigurable, cost- and energy-efficient submillimeter wave and terahertz (THz) systems.



The H2020 project mmMAGIC has the objective to develop and design new concepts for mobile radio access technology (RAT) for deployment in the 6-100 GHz range. This is envisaged as a key component in the 5G multi-RAT ecosystem and will be used as a foundation for global standardization.


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