Consortium claims SiGe frequency record
February 25, 2011 // R. Colin Johnson
The European Union's DotFive project has produced a silicon germanium chip set that it claims has the world's highest frequency of operation in the history silicon germanium (SiGe) history. The 820 GHz (0.82 terahertz) transmitter and receiver chip pair enable x-ray-like vision—to see inside containers—but at harmless millimeter wavelengths.
Today's terahertz imaging, radar and communications applications require expensive exotic devices, but the EU's DotFive project aims to lower the cost of terahertz devices by casting them in high-frequency SiGe. The three-year-old project is focused on producing millimeter wavelength silicon-germanium hetero-junction bipolar transistors (BiCMOS), which will be produced by commercially by STMicroelectronics NV and Infineon Technologies AG.
At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, IHP GmbH and the University of Wuppertal presented the latest results of the DotFive project. The team described its two chip set—transmitter and receiver—which includes all the frequency multipliers, harmonic mixers, power amplifiers, on-chip antennas, and other circuits needed to create 820 GHz frequencies from a 18GHz reference. The researchers demonstrated the chips in a THz imaging application that could see inside a USB memory stick.
Visual images (top) and x-ray-like terahertz images (below) of objects screened at 0.82 THz with an integrated SiGe solution. Source: DotFive.
Chip micrographs of a fully-integrated SiGe chip-set for THz imaging applications, to be presented at the 2011 ISSCC. Source: DotFive.
Optimized RF Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) drives monolithic integration of multi-band radios
June 19, 2013
STMicroelectronics has developed a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) CMOS process that can integrate all the RF functions of multi-band ...
Fully certified FlexRay transceiver enables ESD robust in-vehicle communication
IoT will be next silver screen, says media exec
Hard drives to hit billion-dollar mark by 2017 in video-surveillance applications, says IHS
Li-ion energy storage technology helps make smart grid for Pellworm Island even smarter
Data Fusion: the next frontier of software integration
June 19, 2013
In the last few years, the functionality of our mobile devices has come so far that consumers now treat them more like personal ...
“Prototype to Production”, the new Digi-Key trademark
STMicro signs memory design agreement with Rambus
X-FAB optimizes 180nm process for portable analog applications
InterviewSilica moves to fast lane in Europe's LED market
In the booming market for LED lighting, electronics distributor Silica intends to lead the pack by offering technological excellence at application level. The company is currently planning to offer tailor-made ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
The SoCKIT evaluation kit is Arrow's latest development tool, featuring an Altera Cyclone V SoC with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor integrated within its 28nm FPGA fabric.
Altera SoCs allow embedded system developers to differentiate their end product with customized hardware and software, and extend the product lifecycle through hardware and software updates in the field. This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away five SoCKIT evaluation kits featuring Altera’s ARM-Based SoCs, worth €249 each, together with the free entrance to one of Arrow’s SoC workshops organized throughout Europe.
And the winners are...
In our previous reader offer, Freescale Semiconductor was giving away five IMX6Q, Sabre-lite kits, worth £128.06 each.
Lucky winners include Mr. X. Salada Sole from the UK, Mrs A. Peric from Germany, Mr Z. Janosy from Hungary, Mr D. Gacina from Croatia and Mr B. Boris from France. All should be receiving their packages soon. Let's wish them some interesting findings with their projects.
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.