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Posted: May 13, 2009
Samsung Electronics to participate in IMEC research program on 'green radios'
(Nanowerk News) Samsung Electronics today signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with IMEC to lay down their intent to
collaborate on technologies for green radios. The research collaboration
topics will include cognitive reconfigurable radio baseband and
millimeter-wave wireless communications technologies.
Building on its expertise in software-defined radios that support the major
standards for wireless communications, IMEC pushes its research one step
further towards cognitive radios (ICs with a radio that adapts itself to
the changing environment, not only to the communication standard, but also
to the available communication frequencies and conditions such as
indoor/outdoor, signal strength, movement). IMEC is working on the control
algorithms that take into account these changing environment parameters and
As another cornerstone of its research into wireless communication, IMEC
develops radio ICs for the wireless communication of massive data streams,
for example for uncompressed high-definition television streams. Such data
streams require a high throughput, in the order of Gbits per second. A
suitable bandwidth for that communication is available around 60GHz.
Therefore, IMEC works on cost-effective, low-power 60GHz radio ICs in
standard CMOS, targeted at the consumer market,
Samsung has been a strategic partner of IMEC since many years. In 2004,
Samsung joined IMEC as core partner in the (sub-)32nm CMOS research
platform followed by a core partnership in IMEC's multi-mode multimedia
research program in 2005 and in IMEC's ubiquitous embedded systems research
in 2007.By joining both research programs on cognitive radio and millimeter
wave communications, researchers from Samsung will closely collaborate with
IMEC's research team to build up fundamental understanding and develop
robust solutions for the future wireless terminals supporting
"We are excited that Samsung is contemplating on extending its
collaboration with us towards cognitive radios and millimeter-wave
communications;" said Gilbert Declerck, CEO of IMEC. "We have been
collaborating very successfully since 5 years and have learned from each
other in many ways. This extension proves that our wireless communications
research gives valuable knowhow to the industry to develop their mobile
terminals of the future."
"We are expecting the differentiated technologies developed together with
IMEC to be the key ingredients of Samsung's next generation mobile devices.
" said Dr. Kim, Head of Digital System Research Center of SAIT.