Efficient platform solution for IoT hardware and systems

The increasing penetration of our everyday lives with electronic, networked systems leads to a significant increase in the number of these same consumers.
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The increasing penetration of our everyday lives with electronic, networked systems leads to a significant increase in the number of these same consumers.

In today’s digital world, electronics plays a decisive role in all developments under the buzzwords industry 4.0, energy, mobility and the Internet of Things. In order to shape this vision of the future in an environmentally compatible way, it is crucial to optimize devices, their control and networking units with regard to their combined energy requirements. Receiving, processing and transmitting data requires miniaturized, multifunctional and autonomously operating electronic systems. These should also be able to interact with the systems they control (»smart systems«). Towards Zero Power Electronics« addresses the question of energy efficiency at system level for the Internet of Things, taking into account the entire system development process. The project also focuses on an application-specific perspective, thus striving for the goal of a comprehensive platform solution for energy-minimized IoT hardware.

Project title TOWARDS ZERO POWER ELECTRONICS (ZEPOWEL)
Project duration 2017 - 2021
Project partner
  • Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Division Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Photonische Mikrosysteme IPMS
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Siliziumtechnologie ISIT
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration IZM
Project manager (IAF) Dr.  Rüdiger Quay
Goals
  • Robust, energy-efficient communication with highly efficient devices in a multi-hop network with guaranteed OoS characteristics

Goals of Fraunhofer IAF:

o   Highly integrated radio front-end with minimal power loss and maximum efficiency in the frequency range up to 60 GHz using heterointegrated GaN BiCMOS ICs

o   Development of an energy-efficient transceiver by heterointegration of innovative GaN ICs on active Si substrates in BiCMOS technology

 

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