imec, Murata to collaborate on reconfigurable radio R&D project

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Belgian research institute imec has entered into a three year collaboration with Murata Manufacturing on reconfigurable radio IC design.

The companies say the partnership was driven by the need for multi mode capabilities in next generation wireless communication. Murata aims to gain further insight into the challenges for antenna interface components, while imec hopes the manufacturer's knowledge will fuel its research towards fully configurable radios. "By combining fundamental rethinking of the circuit architectures and designs, and clever use of the benefits of deeply scaled digital cmos technologies, we aim to develop reconfigurable radio transceivers competitive in terms of area, cost, performance and power consumption," commented Liesbet Van der Perre, director of green radio programs at imec. "The transceivers will cover all key broadband communication standards including LTE and LTE advanced, digital broadcasting and next generation WiFi." "We hope that this collaboration with imec will give us insight into the technology and design challenges for next generation reconfigurable radios," added Norio Nakajima, vp of the module business unit at Murata. "This is important to leverage our vast knowhow in antenna interface components and to identify new opportunities for next generation front end modules."