Manufacturable Power MMICs for Microwave Systems Applications


MANPOWER - 6050

Keywords GaAs MMICs, power MMICs, microwave communication systems


Start Date: 01-APR-92 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives

The European position in GaAs-based power MMICs is lagging some way behind that of the Japanese and Americans. The objective of the MANPOWER project is to redress this balance and to put European industry in a position where it can compete in this increasingly important market, especially in application areas such as communications and automobile electronics.

The project builds on the experience gained in project 5018, COSMIC, which concentrates on the receiver aspects of communication systems. MANPOWER brings together three major GaAs MMIC manufacturers, together with key users and academic institutions, to tackle the two tasks which urgently need to be done in order to bring European industry up to a competitive level in the market for power components:

The circuit deliverables will be designed for specific applications in mobile telephones (L-band), very small aperture terminals (VSAT, Ku-band), and short-haul radio relay systems (K/Ku-band). User involvement is an essential aspect of the project: user-defined circuits will be used to validate the technologies, and some of them (especially at the L-band) will be manufactured in large quantities and are expected to be extremely cost-competitive by the end of the project.

Progress and Results

The first demonstrator circuits in the L, Ku, K and Ka bands have been processed and are being evaluated. Circuits now designed incorporate inputs from the project's device modelling partners. Demonstrator specifications and packages are being focused to address markets and emerging applications.


CONTACT POINT

Dr W. Kellner
Siemens AG
Otto-Hahn-Ring 6
PO Box 830953
D - 8000 München 83
tel: + 49 / 896-364-4479
fax: + 49 / 896-364-0822
telex: 5210911 SIE

Participants

GEC-MARCONI MATERIALS
TECHNOLOGY - UK - C
DASSAULT ELECTRONIQUE - F - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
PHILIPS-LEP - F - P
TELETTRA SPA - I - P
OXLEY DEVELOPMENTS CO LTD - UK - A
UNIVERSITÄT WIEN - A - A
POLITECNICO DI TORINO - I - A
UNIVERSITA DI PADOVA - I - A
UNIVERSITA DI ROMA II-TOR VERGATA - I - A
CESELSA - E - A
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN - IRL - A
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA - E - A
TELETTRA ESPAÑA SA - E - A
ARGUMENS GMBH - D - A


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MANPOWER - 6050, December 1993


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