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Design of Future Integrated Smart-RF transceivers – DEFIS-RF

Submission summary

DEFIS-RF is a four years collaborative project for enhancing and developing research and higher education on the Design of Future Integrated Smart Radio Frequency Transmitters. It relies on an already established extensive collaboration between XLIM labs and the Thales group for more than 20 years. In particular, this proposal aims at widening and enriching the existing common lab AXIS, a joint effort between XLIM and Thales Alenia Space (TAS, a Thales – Finmeccanica joint venture) in the frame of the development of technologies for space applications. DEFIS-RF aims to boost this fruitful collaboration to establish a major center of excellence, at the international level, for research and higher education in the design of analog high frequency devices, circuits and systems. The project will develop researches which match needs of the whole Thales group through the participation of Thales Corporate which represents here all the different Thales divisions and business lines concerned by microwave technologies.
Indeed, facing the challenges posed by the evolution of future telecommunications and radar systems which will require more flexibility, more integration and more efficiency, analog RF transceivers will see deep changes. Those changes require paradigm shifts in the architectures of the systems as well as in the use of breakthrough technologies such as GaN devices, microsystems and packaging. DEFIS-RF aims at addressing those paradigm shifts both from the viewpoints of research and higher education in order to provide the French and European industry with first class engineers who will be able to push innovation in this domain.
To achieve those goals the project is organized in three technical and scientific strategic axis which are:
• Reconfiguration and adaptability of RF front ends for flexibility of the embedded systems.
• Heterogeneous integration of electronic functions
• Energy efficiency of the front-end.
It is structured in seven Work Packages (WP) which cover the components involved in the Front Ends -Filters (WP4), Power Amplifiers (WP5)- heterogeneous integration techniques and simulation tools (WP1), micro and nano systems (WP3) and subsystems architectures (WP2).
Higher education aspects are addressed in the WP6 in collaboration with the doctorate school of the University, engineering schools and masters. The goal of this higher education program is to increase the number and the level of engineering students and PhD students who choose this domain. This point is crucial to maintain and increase the competitivity of French and European industry through innovation. Higher Education Modules (HEM) that will be developed within the framework of the DEFIS-RF project will be available on line to encourage the enrollment of distant students and promote lifelong learning.
The governance scheme, consisting in a management board which reports to the ANR and the steering committee advised by a scientific committee which gathers scientists from the stakeholders as well as representative of French agencies and invited external scientists. Management tasks are addressed within the WP0.
The project gathers teams from the University of Limoges and Thales and will be animated by the chair holder who has a strong experience in industry-university collaboration at the international level. Moreover we aim at establishing collaborations with partners at the national, engineering schools for education and labs such as III-V labs and CINTRA (common lab between Thales, CNRS and NTU Singapore) as well as European universities to strengthen the visibility of the DEFIS-RF project.

Project coordination

Raymond QUERE (XLIM, UMR 7252 Université de Limoges - CNRS)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


XLIM XLIM, UMR 7252 Université de Limoges - CNRS

Help of the ANR 600,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: December 2013 - 48 Months

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