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DRAGON - Design methods for Radio Architectures GOing Nanoscale

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2010 — 2013
Funding
EU FP7 Strep (FP7-ICT-2009-4 Project reference 248277)
Partners
  • Ericsson Radio Systems AB
  • Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien GmbH
  • IMEC
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
  • Lunds Universitet
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Technikon Forschungs- und Planungsgesellschaft GmbH
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The main idea of the DRAGON project is to research and use new design methodologies and architectural innovations, based on reconfigurability and state-of-the-art digital CMOS technology, in order to break the barriers imposed by the lack of scaling properties of analog components. With this concept, distinct reductions in cost, size and energy consumption for multi-standard cellular handsets can be achieved, while higher demands on data rate can be met.Data rates are increasing every day, therefore, the energy consumption per transmitted or received data bit has to be reduced in order to save energy and avoid thermal problems. Wireless data services will become an attractive low-cost alternative to be used in novel applications. In the DRAGON project a design platform comprising multi-standard transceiver specifications and novel flexible architectures is developed. The number of required external components, like analog filters, are replaced by reconfigurable digital CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) circuitry; and critical building-blocks are implemented to demonstrate proof of concept, both of the architecture and design methodology. All critical building-blocks are fabricated, tested, and demonstrated in state-of-the-art CMOS technology. The project results are also being provided to standardisation bodies, allowing an alignment of requirements to technology limits.