COLLABORATIVE R&D – FLEXYRADIO

In the field of defense communications, the radio products are following the same trend as in the civil filed, namely the wish for the operational to have more features, more bands, all in an equivalent format but often more compact. This implies an effort of miniaturization especially for the Radio frequency part, and this with a reduction of consumption without compromising the performances. As well, the ‘roadmap’ of large manufacturers in the sector of the ADC (Analog-Digital Converter) does not meet the needs of defense for these tactical radio applications. To meet future technological challenges required by the new operational requirements, it is essential to offer breaking RF architectures.

The project responds to dual needs, expressed by Thales for the defense and by designers such as Orange communications systems, Ericsson, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent in civil (Nokia – 5 G). To meet these needs, it is necessary to:

  • Increase the configurability and agility of frequency of transceivers RF in order to meet the needs of defense applications as well as the new generation of 5G wireless communication systems dedicated to cognitive radio and the internet are things (IoT) (EU-Vision).

  • Develop CAD tools (Computer Assisted Design) for the efficient simulation for these new wireless communications systems having a strong interaction with digital circuits.

  • Significantly reduce the consumption and the reconfigurable surface of RF circuits. The current solutions are allowing multi-frequency bands wireless communication, but their battery consumption and have drinks and RF surfaces aren’t suitable for defense or civilian applications.
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