TERAHERTZ SENSORS AND NETWORKS FOR NEXT GENERATION SMART AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 2020 (CAR2TERA)

GA: 824962
Duration: 01/01/2019 – 31/03/2022
Overall budget: EUR 3,999,688.75
EU contribution: EUR 3,999,688.75
Project consortium: Technikon Forschungs und, Planugsgesellschaft MBH (Austria), Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskoland (Sweden), Infineon Technologies Austria AG (Austria), Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB (Sweden), Ericsson Telcomunicazioni SPA (Italy), Anteral SL (Spain), Veoneer Sweden AB (Sweden), Ericsson AB (Sweden), VIGO System S.A. (Poland)

Objective of the project:

The objective of Car2TERA is to develop emerging sub-terahertz (150-330 THz) smart electronic systems based on the latest semiconductor, microsystem and nanoelectronics technologies, and to implement TRL-4 demonstrators in two high potential application scenarios:

– high-resolution, electronic-beam-steering short-range car radar sensors, with the primary application being in-cabin passenger monitoring (the fastest growing car sensor market) for individually and real-time adjusted crash mitigation measures;

– short-range, high data-rate THz-over-plastic wired links for telecommunication radio-access and networks facilitating data growth demanded by 5G and IoT.

The Car2TERA project aims to strengthen European position in the production of advanced, intelligent electronic sensor systems operating in the THz frequency range. European car module manufacturers are holding a market share of 79% on car radars and European semiconductor manufacturers 90% on SiGe car-radar chip sets. The proposed short-range, sub-THz frequency radar technology will also enable new applications, such as in-cabin sensing and significantly improve outdoor sensing including road condition monitoring as essential new features towards the assisted and automated driving and improved road safety.

Car2TERA will develop not only cabin sensors, but also new methods of data transmission using plastic instead of glass fiber, which will be used in the near future to facilitate 5G and Internet of Things communication. Short-distance communication technologies in plastics with high THz-over data rates will be demonstrated at the end of the project.

Vigo System participation:

Vigo System is responsible for the development of radar system demonstrators in sub-THz devices based on new technologies of two-dimensional materials. To make MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit), Vigo intends to use graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms deposited on semiconductor carriers. This will allow to gain better results in comparison to conventional materials.

Companies associated in the Consortium:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH (Austria)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN (Sweden)

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA AG (Austria)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB (Sweden)

ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA (Italy)

ANTERAL SL (Spain)

VEONEER SWEDEN AB (Sweden)

ERICSSON AB (Sweden)

VIGO SYSTEM S.A. (Poland)

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