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Posted: April 21, 2008
Renesas Collaborates With IMEC on Reconfigurable RF Transceivers
(Nanowerk News) Renesas Technology
Corp., one of the world's leading semiconductor system solutions providers
for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets, has entered into a
strategic research collaboration with IMEC, Europe's leading independent
research center in the field of nanoelectronics, to perform research on
45nm RF transceivers targeting Gbit/s cognitive radios. To this end,
Renesas has joined IMEC's software-defined radio (SDR) front-end program.
This research program includes reconfigurable RF solutions,
high-speed/low-power analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and new approaches
to digitize future RF architectures.
Researchers from Renesas will reside at IMEC to closely collaborate with
IMEC's research team. In this way, they will build a fundamental
understanding and develop robust solutions for Renesas future mobile
On the near term, IMEC's SDR-front-end program targets the development of a
new generation cost-, performance- and power-competitive reconfigurable
radio in 45nm digital CMOS technology. This radio will have a programmable
center frequency from 100MHz to 6GHz and programmable bandwidth from 100kHz
to 40MHz covering all key communication standards, with a merit comparable
to state-of-the-art single mode transceivers.
The research program builds on IMEC's previous groundbreaking 130nm RF
transceiver results (published at ISSCC 2007), namely the world's first
prototype of a true SDR transceiver IC (SCALDIO). Also, further evolutions
of IMEC's record breaking ADCs (merit record by IMEC at ISSCC 2008 of
40Msamples/s, 9 bit, 54fJ/conversion step) will be developed within this
"We are excited that one of the world's leading semiconductor companies has
joined our SDR-front-end program. This proves the importance of our recent
results on SDR and ADCs, and reflects the value IMEC brings to its industry
partners in this RF research program;" said Rudy Lauwereins, Vice President
Nomadic Embedded Systems at IMEC. "We are looking forward to a close
cooperation with the Renesas research team, to develop together our
upcoming generation of breakthrough RF designs.
"The ability to develop an innovative RF architecture with scaled-down CMOS
technology and circuit technologies in transceiver products supporting
next-generation cellular standards such as 3GPP-LTE and 4G's is one of the
key differentiators for our products that are superior in cost advantages,
performance and power," said Masao Nakaya, board director and executive
general manager of LSI product technology unit at Renesas Technology Corp.
"We are pleased to be a part of IMEC's SDR-front-end program, collaborating
on the research to explore new technologies for multi-standard RF
transceivers. We aim to contribute to the early realization of next
generation mobile phones by combining our advanced semiconductor solutions
with IMEC's R&D expertise in RF technology."
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and
nanotechnology. Its research focuses on the next generations of chips and
systems, and on the enabling technologies for ambient intelligence. IMEC's
research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and
technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and
system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art
infrastructure and its strong network of companies, universities and
research institutes worldwide position IMEC as a key partner for shaping
technologies for future systems.
IMEC vzw is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has a sister company in the
Netherlands, IMEC-NL, concentrating on wireless autonomous transducer
solutions, and has representatives in the US, China, Japan and Taiwan. Its
staff of more than 1600 people includes more than 500 industrial residents
and guest researchers. In 2007, its revenue (P&L) is estimated at about EUR
235 million. Further information on IMEC can be found at www.imec.be.
About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. is one of the world's leading semiconductor system
solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets
and the world's No.1 supplier of microcontrollers. It is also a leading
provider of LCD Driver ICs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power
Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip (SoC), System-in-Package (SiP)
and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd.
(TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503),
Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 953billion JPY in
FY2006 (end of March 2007). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and
has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in
around 20 countries with about 26,500 employees worldwide. For further
information, please visit http://www.renesas.com.