Anteral, Terahertz, Antennas, Others, Antenna Group

Anteral and UPNA publish scientific paper in special issue of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation

A scientific paper regarding the design of high performance horn antennas for satellite communication applications, done in collaboration by the Public University of Navarra Antenna Research group and Anteral, was published in the April 2015 special issue on Antennas for Satellite Communications of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation journal, one of the most prominent antenna related peer-reviewed journals.

The paper explains the difficulties of designing very large bandwidth horn antennas for satellite communication applications, and gives some guidelines for designing high performance compact horns with large bandwidth and multiband capabilities.

Abstract

Today, telecommunication satellite horn antennas are required to be wideband mainly because of the additional bandwidth necessary to accommodate more transponders to increase the capacity of the new satellite services. In this aspect, horn antennas play a key role in the development of wider bandwidth services on board satellites because now-a-days, with recent advances in orthomode junctions and transducers, they are usually the bandwidth limiting component of a satellite antenna as often low crosspolar level is the toughest specification parameter. In this paper, the design guidelines for horn antennas that combine horizontal and vertical corrugations are explained, the method to prepare a preliminary profile for optimization is shown, and an example of a satellite feedhorn with severe requirements is presented.

Full paper: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7006689

 

 

Anteral participates in the H2020 European project M3TERA for developing THz frequency communication systems


Anteral participated past 12th and 13th of February, 2015, in the kick-off meeting of the M3TERA European project that was held in Villach, Austria. The M3TERA project, funded under the H2020 ICT call, has the objective of developing a micromachined Terahertz platform that will form the basis of future large-scale commercial THz communications systems in the frequency range between 100 GHz and 1 THz. Anteral will develop the platform integrated antennas, and will coordinate the integration of near-field THz sensors in the platform.

M3TERA Team at the kick-off meeting at Villach, Austria

M3TERA: Micromachined terahertz systems – a new heterogeneous integration platform enabling the commercialization of the THz frequency spectrum

M3TERA, a European cooperative research project, has officially started on 1st February 2015 with a set duration of 36 months. It receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 644039.

This project 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 proposed THz integration platform is envisioned to initiate an important transition in industrial microwave-systems manufacturing and is expected to finally enable the large-scale commercialization of the heavily sought-after frequency space between 100 GHz and 1 THz. In line with technology convergence of advancing microwave semiconductor technology according to internal and external roadmaps, the proposed THz microsystem platform is envisioned to accommodate multiple generations of future THz products in different application fields.

The concrete business and lead application case is THz microsystems enabling compact, low-cost point-to-point high-speed communication links in the frequency space between 100 GHz and 500 GHz, to be deployed in a scenario of a high-density small-cell base-station network providing ubiquitous high-speed internet access to mobile communication devices in urban environment.

The key technology end-user driving the primary prototype development and demonstration of a complete THz communication link is Ericsson. A secondary prototype developed in M3TERA is on a multi-function adaptive THz sensor platform for different millimeter-wave sensing applications in society including:

  • food quality control,
  • food safety monitoring,
  • medical diagnosis, and
  • industrial sensing.

The key manufacturing partner in this industry-driven proposal is the high-volume semiconductor and Microsystems manufacturer IFAT, who also provides system packaging concepts. Project management of this 3-years project with 7 participants in different 4 EU countries is done by a professional company with an exceptional career track in EU project management.

This means the M3TERA consortium is well-positioned to achieve its objectives with the following partners:

·        Technikon Forschungs- und Planungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria

·        Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan, Sweden

·        Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Austria

·        Ericsson AB, Sweden

·        Anteral S.L., Spain

·        Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB, Sweden

·   CSEM Centre Suisse D’Electronique et de microtechnique SA – recherche et developpment, Switzerland

 

More info:

Project Coordinator (Technikon): coordination@m3tera-project.eu

Anteral Project Coordinator (Itziar Maestrojuán): imaestrojuan@anteral.com

Project Website: http://www.m3tera.eu (coming soon)

 

Anteral presents its new mm-wave and THz polarizer products


Anteral presents its new polarizer product for mm-wave and Terahertz applications. These polarizers use a Cu-Au strip pattern array, generated using a photolithographic process on a thin, ultralow-loss, and low dielectric constant, flexible substrate, especially suitable for high frequencies like the mm-wave and THz bands.

These polarizers can be highly customized, and provided in several sizes and geometries, according to the customer requirements, and are available with custom or standard commercial optical frame mountings.

For more information (datasheet): FPOL-MMW-21.pdf

Anteral will attend the EuCAP 2014 Exhibition in The Hague

Anteral will attend the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation EuCAP 2014 Exhibition, that will be held from the 7th to the 10th of April 2014 at the Den Haag World Forum, The Hague, The Netherlands.

EuCAP 2014 is the 8th European Conference on Antennas & Propagation organised by the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) since 2006. The previous successful editions took place in Nice, Edinburgh, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Prague and Gothenburg. The average attendance is around 1000 delegates.

More info: http://www.eucap2014.org/

 

Anteral leads European biotech project EIFFEL


Anteral participates as project coordinator and partner in the consortium of the European project EIFFEL, which aims to develop new techniques to diagnose Invasive Fungal Infections in a quick and accurate way, reducing the diagnosis times, and the mortality rate of this diseases.

EIFFEL - Early invasive fungal infection detection with Terahertz sensor systems

Over the next two and a half years, a consortium of five universities, research institutes, and component and equipment developers and manufacturers, from Spain and Germany will develop new methods and techniques for quick and accurate diagnosis of Invasive Fungal Infections, using Terahertz technologies. The 1.8M€ project, called EIFFEL and led by the Spanish SME Anteral, is part of the European Union EuroTransBio program.

Invasive Fungal Infection (IFI) is a serious health problem. Fungal infections are one of the most severe hospital infections due to its high mortality. In severe cases, mortality is between 50% and 85% of the patients. Patients suffering oncohematologic diseases, immunosuppressive therapy, transplant or Intensive Care Unit (ICU) stay are the main target population affected by IFI. As a matter of fact the incidence of fungal infections has doubled in the last ten years. The increased use of invasive surgical techniques, the increasing number of transplants, the use of more immunosuppressive therapies and the use of increasingly aggressive treatments in patients with cancer have led to a higher incidence of these infections. 
 
IFI diagnosis remains a controversial and unresolved issue. Conventional methods and tools for diagnosis have a low sensitivity and specificity and the results are obtained after several days, which means a delay in diagnosis and treatment and, as a consequence, increased mortality rate. To overhaul this problem the consortium aims at creating and developing new methods and tools based on Terahertz (THz) detection, which could be an alternative and/or complementary to the currently existing ones. These new techniques are expected to allow for a more sensible, specific and quick detection of the infectious agents responsible of IFI. The main objective of the project is the development of a commercial THz based fungi detection instrument. In order to achieve this goal the consortium will first spectrally characterize different fungi samples, first in a laboratory environment, then after culture and finally in blood, with the aim at determining the sensitivity of the technique and the most appropriate detection approach. 
 
The project participants are leaders in Terahertz technology and health and biotechnology research. In addition to Anteral, the consortium includes the Public University of Navarra (Spain), University of Siegen (Germany), Navarrabiomed - Miguel Servet Foundation (Spain) and Toptica Photonics (Germany).

For more information, contact:

Asier Ibáñez - Project Coordinator: aibanez@anteral.com


https://www.eurotransbio.eu/lw_resource/datapool/_items/item_24/etb_2012_29.pdf

Anteral will participate in the antenna design for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA)


Anteral will be among the spanish companies that will participate in the antenna design for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radiotelescope that will be built in Southafrica and Australia.

The SKA radiotelescope, with a square kilometer of total surface, will be the world biggest telescope and the biggest scientific infrastructure ever built, when completed in 2024.

More info: http://ecodiario.eleconomista.es/desarrollo-sostenible/noticias/5282375/11/13/El-mayor-radiotelescopio-del-mundo-contara-con-tecnologia-espanola.html

 

SKA Antennas depiction

Anteral will attend the 1st Spanish National Symposium of R&D in Defense and Security DESEi+d 2013


Anteral will attend the 1st edition of the Spanish National Symposium of R&D in Defense and Security DESEi+d 2013 the 6th and 7th of November at the Polytechnic University of Madrid Campus. Anteral will present the work "mm-Wave Passive Imaging Sensors for Security Applications" where the joint efforts of Anteral and the Public University of Navarra Antenna Research Group in mm-wave and THz sensor technologies will be shown.

More information: http://catedraisdefe.etsit.upm.es/2013/05/20/primer-congreso-nacional-de-id-en-defensa-y-seguridad/

Anteral participates in European security project TeraSCREEN


Anteral participates in the consortium of the European project TeraSCREEN, which aims to develop an innovative security scanner prototype that will improve the security, privacy, efficiency and experience of the current security checkpoints of airports, government sites, critical infrastructures, etc.

TeraSCREEN - Multi-frequency multi-mode Terahertz screening for border checks

Over the next three and a half years, a consortium of twelve research institutes, component and equipment developers and manufacturers, and security and ethical specialists from six countries across Europe will develop security screening technology that will significantly improve the security, privacy, efficiency and experience at security checkpoints. The 4.8M€ project, called TeraSCREEN and led by the Spanish SME Alfa Imaging, is part of the EU Seventh Framework Programme Security Theme.

Security checks at borders and critical sites are required to be increasingly thorough and fast without sacrificing comfort. There are currently two types of technologies available for this application: those that automatically detect objects concealed on a person, and those that rely on human operator analysis and interpretation in order to classify or identify body-borne threats. The objective of TeraSCREEN is to combine these two capabilities, thus providing automatic detection and classification of body-borne threats for security screening. This will significantly improve both efficiency and security at border checks.

TeraSCREEN aims to develop passive and active operation at several millimetre-wave and Terahertz frequencies. The resulting multi-frequency multi-mode images will be processed automatically in real-time to reveal the location of potentially harmful objects concealed on a person. Privacy Enhancing Technologies will be used: the information will be displayed to the operator on a generic computerised silhouette and no anatomical details will be shown or saved. Terahertz radiation is non-ionizing, and reliable studies have shown that active operation in this frequency band is harmless to humans. The automatic recognition of threats, in addition to removing privacy issues, reduces the level of attention required from the operator, which implies a reduction in the personnel necessary for continuous operation.

The TeraSCREEN Prototype System will be demonstrated at a live checkpoint. The feedback from the End-User and Advisory Board members will facilitate, outside the project, the conversion of the prototype into an innovative security screening product that will significantly improve the security, privacy and efficiency at, and experience of, security checkpoints.

The TeraSCREEN participants are leaders in millimetre-wave and Terahertz technology, aviation security and ethical issues. In addition to Alfa Imaging, the consortium includes Universidad Pública de Navarra, Anteral, STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Teratech Components, Acreo Swedish ICT, Ommic, Universitá degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Fraunhofer FHR and FKIE, ICTS UK and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. The Advisory Board Members are Guardia Civil, EADS Cassidian, ADPI Designers and Planners and EUROPHAR. The project, which started on May 1st 2013, is part-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013); the project website is www.fp7-terascreen.eu.

For more information, contact:

Naomi Alexander - Project Coordinator: terascreen@alfaimaging.com

Asier Ibáñez - Anteral TeraSCREEN contact: aibanez@anteral.com


Project Website: http://www.fp7-terascreen.eu/

Anteral obtains ISO 9001:2008 certificate

After an exhaustive audit and verification process by the prestigious certification entity TÜV Rheinland, Anteral has obtained the ISO 9001:2008 certificate.

The top priority at Anteral is maintaining customer satisfaction and a consistent level of trust in our products, and quality assurance is an integral part of all of our business processes. For that reason, since the company creation in 2011, the company executive board worked to develop and implement a comprehensive and exigent Quality Management System.

The ISO 9001 certification for both Antennas and THz business lines was initiated at Anteral’s own wish in order to show our singular focus on quality. This certification, with worldwide recognized prestige and value, assures that the Quality Management System implemented by Anteral is adjusted to the most exigent standards, and is capable of providing products and services of great value, perfectly adjusted to the requirements and needs of our customers.

Download Certificate:  Anteral ISO 9001:2008 certificate 

Anteral in the Mechatronics in Navarra portfolio

 

Anteral appears in the Mechatronics in Navarra Portfolio, published by the MODERNA foundation. This portfolio contains all the companies forming part of the mechatronic cluster of Navarra, which represent the region competitiveness and innovation leaders.

Download Portfolio:  Mechatronics in Navarra.pdf

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