Project: RF Measurements for future communications applications

Acronym FutureCom (Reference Number: 20IND03)
Duration 01/09/2021 - 31/08/2024
Project Topic The EU’s digital strategy targets a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. However, the advent of new technologies, including autonomous cars or 5G networks, require the utilisation of higher frequency transmissions and broader bandwidths. If applied to present electronic radio frequency (RF) instrumentation this would result in increased energy consumption. In future electronic networks will require devices capable of improved energy and operational efficiency. However, no measurement facilities exist in Europe for assessing the real-world performance of component-dense types of instrumentation including ‘Passive Inter-Module’ effects, which can occur in the high-power industry-grade connectors used in 5G networks. If not addressed this will have a negative effect on manufacturers of RF products and the communications sector as a whole. Building on the EURAMET projects HFCircuits and ADVENT, FutureComm will develop techniques to characterise electronics operating at higher (mm) wavelength frequencies, including electronic chips with integrated antennas. It will also evaluate signal and power integrity as well as electromagnetic interference (EMI) in high speed digital circuits, ensuring operation as designed. Devices will also be assessed under real-world operating conditions and harsh environmental influences, such as those found in orbital satellites. New methodology will also be developed to measure the detrimental effects caused by high component density. These new capabilities, disseminated through good practice guides, workshops, publications and input into international standards will strengthen Europe’s positions in the communication and electronics sectors. Reduced overall energy consumption will also help attain the climate neutral goal by 2050.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
3 Institut za mjeriteljstvo Bosne i Hercegovine Partner Bosnia and Herzegovina
4 Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial Esteban Terradas Partner Spain
5 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
6 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
7 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Türkiye
8 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands
9 Fachhochschule Aachen Partner Germany
10 University of Surrey Partner United Kingdom
11 Technische Universiteit Delft Partner Netherlands
12 Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale Partner Italy
13 Anritsu Emea Limited Observer United Kingdom
14 INEX Microtechnology Limited Observer United Kingdom
15 Keysight Technologies Belgium Observer Belgium
16 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Observer Switzerland
17 National Instruments Belgium NV Observer Belgium
18 Nokia Solutions And Networks GmbH & Co. KG Observer Germany
19 Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG Observer Germany
20 THALES Observer France