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
- 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
Project Coordinator (Technikon): firstname.lastname@example.org
Anteral Project Coordinator (Itziar Maestrojuán): email@example.com
Project Website: http://www.m3tera.eu (coming soon)