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IMEC, Renesas team up on 45nm transceivers

Posted: 23 Apr 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:45nm digital CMOS  RF transceiver  Gbps cognitive radios  ADCs 

Renesas Technology Corp. and IMEC has started a strategic collaboration to develop a 45nm RF transceiver aimed for Gbps cognitive radios and ADCs. Renesas has joined IMEC's software-defined radio (SDR) front-end research programme that covers reconfigurable RF solutions, high-speed/low-power ADCs, and new approaches for future digital RF architectures.

Researchers from Renesas will reside at IMEC to closely collaborate with IMEC's research team. In this way, they will build a fundamental understanding and develop robust solutions for future mobile electronics products of Renesas.

Radio specs
On the near term, IMEC's SDR-front-end programme targets the development of a new generation cost-, performance- and power-competitive reconfigurable radio in 45nm digital CMOS technology. This radio will have a programmable centre frequency from 100MHz to 6GHz and programmable bandwidth from 100kHz to 40MHz covering all key communication standards, with a merit comparable to state-of-the-art single mode transceivers.

The research programme builds on IMEC's previous groundbreaking 130nm RF transceiver, the world's first prototype of a true SDR transceiver. Further evolutions of IMEC's record breaking ADCs will also be developed within this collaboration.

Benefits of the collaboration
"We are excited that one of the world's leading semiconductor companies has joined our SDR-front-end programme. This proves the importance of our recent results on SDR and ADCs, and reflects the value IMEC brings to its industry partners in this RF research programme;" said Rudy Lauwereins, VP for nomadic embedded systems at IMEC. "We are looking forward to a close cooperation with the Renesas research team, to develop together our upcoming generation of breakthrough RF designs."

"The ability to develop an innovative RF architecture with scaled-down CMOS technology and circuit technologies in transceiver products supporting next-generation cellular standards such as 3GPP-LTE and 4G's is one of the key differentiators for our products that are superior in cost advantages, performance and power," said Masao Nakaya, board director and executive general manager of LSI product technology unit at Renesas. "We are pleased to be a part of IMEC's SDR-front-end programme, collaborating on the research to explore new technologies for multi-standard RF transceivers. We aim to contribute to the early realisation of next generation mobile phones by combining our advanced semiconductor solutions with IMEC's R&D expertise in RF technology."

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