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A*STAR's Institute Of Microelectronics Collaborates With CM Engineering To Develop Prototype WLAN RF Transceiver For Extended Wifi Standards
12/23/2013 10:41:34 AM
1. Singapore, 23 Dec 2013 – A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research leader in semiconductor technology, will embark on a second collaboration with Japanese Engineering Firm, CM Engineering Co. Ltd (CME), this time to refine modern standards in digital radio frequency (RF) technology. The joint effort will potentially bring forth stronger network coverage performances, which will benefit businesses and public alike, especially telecommunications manufacturers and Wi-Fi users.
2. With the aim to bolster network parameters, IME and CME will focus on the development of digital RF technology for greater network coverage in telecommunications devices such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets.
3. Design limitations in conventional technologies result in cost and performance issues, which render them ineffective in meeting the increasing demand for data consumption. Digital RF technology displays ease of technology scaling, as well as flexibility in re-configuration, allowing it to support multi-standards wireless systems with high performance yield at low cost. The development of digital RF technology will support the production of devices that meet the channel bandwidths and frequency bands requirements for next generation wireless standards, enabling users to enjoy affordable and better network coverage over long distances and in remote areas.
4. The success of this research collaboration will lead to the development of a functional prototype of WLAN digital-RF transceiver for extended wi-fi standards with higher frequency bands and service coverage, i.e., IEEE 802.11 af. IME and CME have previously partnered on the development of a low power RF integrated circuit (IC) and the success of the partnership provides a strong basis for continued collaboration.
5. The collaboration leverages on the respective knowledge and expertise of the two organisations, including CME’s very-large-scale-integration (VLSI) and system design capabilities and IME’s capabilities in RF and mixed-signal IC design and wireless systems.
6. “With increasing demands in usage and data consumption, it has become unavoidable for the release of unutilized radio spectrum to augment the existing spectrum for unlicensed wireless broadband,” noted Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of IME. “Industry collaborations such as this research project with CME enable IME to develop relevant and cutting-edge technologies for use in future mobile devices, allowing them to meet the requirements of these new communication standards without compromising cost and form factor.”
7. “Digital RF is one of the break-through technologies to realize Cognitive-Radio and Software-Defined-Radio that will bring about next generation wireless communication oriented systems such as Internet of Things, Big Data and Cloud Computing. CME believes this collaboration will be definitely a seed project for producing further rich information society,” commented Mr Atsushi Kawai, Managing Director of CM Engineering.
For Media Enquiries:
Chua Yi Fen Senior Officer, Marketing & Communications Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR
Tel: +65 6770 5378 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Officer, Corporate Communications
Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR
Tel: +65 6770 5376 Email: email@example.com
For CM Engineering Co., Ltd:
Yoshida Akira Communication System Department, CME Tel: +81-3-6420-0936 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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