Participation in the innovation competition takes the form of a nine-month preliminary project. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF is participating with the project “EdgeLimit.” Together with two partners, they are conducting assessments of semiconductor technologies, devices and sub-systems and evaluating how they can improve the efficiency of edge cloud systems, for example.
In addition to the central data processing infrastructures (cloud), modern networked ICT systems increasingly have capacities for collecting and processing information at the edge of the network, as well as systems for transferring data between the cloud and the edge. This is where the EdgeLimit project comes in. Their goal, if the follow-up project is won, is to work with other industry partners to realize a complete antenna system, a so-called “Remote Radio Head” (RRH), which will enable more energy-efficient transmission in the millimeter-wave range. The unique aspect of the project is the early combination of fundamentally new semiconductor components with real and adaptable system technologies at the research level.