Expertise

The consortium has built this project upon many years of research and development experience in the whole value chain of ultra high-speed wireless communication systems. The expertise includes propagation channel modeling, system simulation, multi-gigabit millimeter-wave wireless communication link implementation, THz monolithic integrated circuit design and fabrication.

Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS)

TUBS will participate in TERAPAN with its department of Mobile Radio Systems at the Institute for Communications Technology (IfN). IfN is part of Faculty 5 for Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics of Technische Universität Braunschweig. Within the Department of Mobile Radio Systems headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kürner, currently 10 research assistants are working on topics related to the physical layers for infrastructure, multi-gigabit indoor communication mainly based on IEEE 802 standards, car-to-X communications and satellite navigation. Within the working area of multi-gigabit communications, the main expertise that the team carries to TERAPAN is on channel modelling at 300 GHz, system and link level simulations as well as on profound expertise in regulation and standardization. Members of the team have actively participated in the standardization of IEEE 802.11ad, IEEE 802.15 IG THz. Prof. Kürner is currently chairing the IEEE 802.15.3d SG 100G.

University of Stuttgart (UST)

The Institute of Robust Power Semiconductor Systems (ILH) was newly established in January 2013 at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, within the frame of the Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics. Besides the new focus on power semiconductor electronics, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ingmar Kallfass, director of the institute, has established an R&D group on millimeter-wave integrated circuit design and high speed wireless communication at the ILH. The group continues the R&D activities and projects from his previous affiliation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where from 2009 to 2012 he held the chair on High Speed Integrated Circuits for Next Generation Internet and Sensors in a shared professorship with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics in Freiburg, Germany.

The millimeter-wave group of ILH is currently a member and coordinator of R&D projects funded by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Multi-gigabit wireless link systems have been developed at 71-86 GHz, 200-280 GHz and 275-325 GHz and data rates of up to 100 Gbit/s have been demonstrated by the ILH. Its broadband analog receive and transmit frontend MMICs are based on high speed semiconductor technologies currently including GaAs HEMT, GaN HEMT and SiGe HBT.

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF

Fraunhofer IAF is one of the leading research facilities worldwide in the field of III-V compound semiconductors employing more than 100 specialized engineers and scientists in that area and a total of 285 people currently. The institute develops microelectronic and optoelectronic components and systems addressing societal challenges in security, energy, communication, health and mobility. The core competencies along the full value chain from III/V material science and technology, analytics and instrumentation, devices and circuits, up to modules and systems are available in one building.

The business unit of “Millimeter-Wave Circuits” has demonstrated excellence in the field of high and highest frequency circuits. A large variety of MMICs (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits) and modules in the frequency range up to 500 GHz and above have been developed using advanced metamorphic high electron mobility transistor (mHEMT) technology. The transit frequency of the transistors has been enhanced to over 600 GHz by optimization of the InAlAs/InGaAs material system and reduction of the gate length to 35 nm and 20 nm.

Innovation Mentor

Part of projects funded within the BMBF-VIP initiative is the participation of an innovation mentor. The task of the innovation mentor is to consult the TERAPAN project with respect to the requirements and strategy of the innovation process. He further supports the project in the identification of potential applications  and users. The innovation mentor in TERAPAN is Dr. Peter Meissner.

Dr. Meissner has been running his own consultancy business since 2006 focusing on innovation, strategy, and organization development in key areas of the telecommunications industry. Previously, he held several executive management positions such as Corporate VP at France Telecom, CTO at Orange Switzerland and General Manager Systems Engineering at E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH. With his experience and personal network, he provides support for several enterprises and research initiatives or in mission critical projects. One of his mandates is to serve as CEO and Board Member of the NGMN Alliance (www.ngmn.org), an open forum founded by world-leading network operators.