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Team up focuses on reconfigurable RF transceivers

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF transceiver? mobile terminal? CMOS?

HiSilicon Technologies Co. Ltd and Imec have entered a research agreement that would see the creation of RF transceiver architectures geared for next-generation mobile terminals. The partnership will yield low-power and compact high-performance reconfigurable RF transceivers that use modern CMOS technology.

Imec's cognitive reconfigurable radio front-end program, in which HiSilicon is now a part of, investigates reconfigurable RF solutions, high-speed/low-power ADCs and new approaches to digitize future RF architectures and minimize antenna interface requirements. By combining fundamental rethinking of the circuit architectures and designs with clever use of the benefits that the aggressively scaled technology offers (such as high intrinsic speed of the nanoscale transistors) the program aims at developing small, cost-, performance- and power-competitive reconfigurable radio transceivers in 28nm digital CMOS technology covering all key broadband communication standards including next generation cellular and connectivity standards such as LTE advanced and next-generation WiFi (802.11ac).

"We are excited to welcome HiSilicon as one of the world's leading IC design companies and we are honored with this commitment. The new partnership with HiSilicon reflects the value that Imec brings to its industry partners in this RF research program," stated Liesbet Van der Perre, director of green radio program line at Imec. "We are looking forward to a close cooperation with the HiSilicon research team to develop together our upcoming generation of breakthrough RF designs."

"We expect Imec to keep on bringing innovative solutions that will be essential to develop our next generation multimode products. We hope that together with Imec, we will realize innovative transceiver architectures utilizing the advantages of new technologies (28nm CMOS and beyond)," noted Chen Zhen, director of HiSilicon wireless chipset infrastructure architecture. We expect these solutions can drastically improve the performance while reducing area and power consumption."

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