This project aims at developing architecture and technologies for implementing agile radio frequency (RF) transceiver capacities in future radio communication products. These new architecture and technologies will be able to manage multi-standard (multi-band, multi-data-rate, and multi-waveform) operation with high modularity, low-power consumption, high reliability, high integration, low costs, low PCB area, and low bill of material (BOM).
This will not just require smart RF architectures in advanced CMOS and BiCMOS technology, but also need incorporating of e.g. MEMS technologies and novel simulation methodology for achieving these complex optimizations.
The ARTEMOS consortium with partners in the full value-chain from semiconductor suppliers, system houses, application domain, research and universities, is confident that the realization of its ambitious objectives will assist Europe to achieve technological leadership in domains that are targeted by ENIAC.
ARTEMOS End-of-Project Summary:
Today’s mobile phones and other wireless devices like tablets or notebooks are already close to the vision of enabling the seamless transfer of any type of data (audio, video, etc.), at anytime, anywhere, to anyone, via any-path available. This happens unseen and unnoticed by the users. The price to be paid for that is that such devices are currently highly complex, because they need different radio frequency (RF) communication modules to support different wireless standards (e.g. GSM/EDGE, UMTS, LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, digital radio/TV standards) in different frequency bands. This requires space and increases costs. The goal of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking project ARTEMOS (“Agile RF Transceivers and Front-Ends for Future Smart Multi-Standard COmmunications ApplicationS”) has been to develop frequency-agile, multi-standard and multi-band radio technologies and architectures which enables the support of all required wireless standards with only very few RF modules – ideally with just one. This would be a large step forward to enhanced functionality and reduce costs for future wireless devices like mobile phones or tablets. To this end a large consortium with 37 partners spread over 12 countries has been set up to jointly strengthen the European position in wireless communications. It includes all major European players in wireless communication hardware, and is a perfect mix of large companies, SMEs, institutes and universities. The project finished on March 31st 2014 after three years of successful and excellently reviewed work on which a total budget of € 40.9 mio. was spent. The efforts of the partners have been funded with € 6.8 mio. from the ENIAC Joint Undertaking under work programme 2010 SP2 (wireless communication) and with € 8.5 mio. from national funding agencies.
A main technical challenge for the implementation of a single RF communication module which is capable of supporting many wireless standards is the realization of a tuneable RF transceiver which can cover a large frequency range, typically from 0.3 GHz to 5 GHz. The project partners worked in a joint multidisciplinary effort on various new technologies to make electronic devices tuneable, to integrate these devices into standard semiconductor technologies like CMOS and BiCMOS to make them applicable in highly integrated circuits, to build tuneable RF circuits and systems with such devices and to develop suitable system architectures which optimally support tuneability.
During the project lifetime the ARTEMOS project partners generated a large number of scientific and technological results which are described in over 100 scientific publications and in the public project deliverables available via the ARTEMOS project homepage www.artemos.eu. A specific highlight of ARTMOS is that a total of 27 demonstrators have been built to showcase the achieved innovations. These demonstrators covered, among others, an LTE-Advanced modem, a hybrid WLAN-LTE Gateway, a reconfigurable broadcast (radio, TV) receiver, tuneable capacitors, tuneable circuits (antennas, matching networks, low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers), signal processing algorithms to support tuneability, and advanced circuit simulation methods.
The project reviewers were impressed with the results achieved by ARTEMOS. Project manager Klaus-Michael Koch from DMCE is proud of the outcome: “We could significantly advance the technological base of each partner. But what is even more important is that this cooperative project strengthened European industry and research institutions in the highly competitive mobile communications market”. After the project end the cooperation between partners will continue in various ways and the results will be transferred to next generation wireless products.