Terranova - THz Technologies for Beyond 5G Wireless Networks

Communication module of Fraunhofer IAF for THz mobile communications
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Low cost, small form-factor E/O baseband interfaces and RF frontends are one of the most critical challenges of THz wireless links for Beyond 5G networks.

The multidisciplinary project team of TERRANOVA investigates new basic system architectures for embedding broadband THz wireless links into fiber optic links for beyond 5G networks. The main focus is on utilizing the broadband frequency window between 270 and 330 GHz within the so-called THz band (0.1 – 10 THz).

Key innovations are expected as an outcome in designing electro-optical (E/O) baseband interfaces, integrating THz frontends, and end-to-end (E2E) correction schemes for hybrid fiber optic – THz wireless links.

The fusion with fiber optic infrastructure is the most promising path to a commercial solution offering up to a 100x higher data rates than 5G will do.

Project title TERRANOVA – TeraBit/s Wireless Connectivity by TeraHertz Innovative Technologies  
Project duration 2017 – 2019  
Funding source European Union  
Project partner
  • University of Piraeus Research Centre, Greece
  • University of Oulu, Finland
  • Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin
  • JCP-Connect, France
  • PIC Advanced, Portugal
  • Intracom Telecom, Greece
  • Altice Labs, Portugal
Project manager Dr. Thomas Merkle  
  • E2E optimized hybrid fiber optic – THz wireless system architectures
  • THz radio frontends and E/O baseband interfaces capable of 400 Gbit/s data rates
  • Spectrally very efficient THz wireless access and backhaul networks
  • Antenna arrays for multiple access schemes tailored to the THz band
  • Resource management and caching techniques for E2E corrected Tbps networks

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 761794.