Millimetre Wave Measurement Facility

This measurement facility will boost UK research in on-chip millimetre wave systems, which find applications in 5G networks, the Internet of Things and autonomous vehicle communications.

Vehicle Communications

The measurement facility will be based at and supported by the University of Sheffield, to provide a flagship measurement system for millimetre wave components. It will be accessible to all UK universities and industries.

In recent years, there has been a year-on year increase in the number of wirelessly connected devices requiring broadband internet connection. They are now essential for
the home, transport, healthcare, military and infrastructure. This demands much higher data rates from the communication systems.

It is now established that the current mobile broadband, whose upper frequency limit is 6 GHz, cannot support the future growth in the number of devices . As part of the worldwide efforts in developing 5G mobile technologies, researchers are developing microchips operating up to 110 GHz, i.e. millimetre wave frequencies (mmWave), to increase the data rates of communication systems compatible with future demand.

Funded by EPSRC Strategic Equipment Grant, EEE at The University of Sheffield is installing a Millimetre Wave Measurement Facility.

This measurement facility will boost UK research in on-chip millimetre wave systems, which find applications in 5G networks, the Internet of Things and autonomous vehicle
communications.

The facility will be based at and supported by the University of Sheffield, to provide a flagship measurement system for millimetre wave components. It will be accessible to all UK universities and industries.

With measurement frequency from 10 GHz to 110 GHz, the facility covers measurements on devices, components, antennas, circuits, materials and integrated systems. Uniquely for the UK, antennas-on-wafer can be tested at the facility, to support research and development of low cost systems.

The measurement system is made up of three main components - the antenna measurement scanner; the vector network analyser (provides the signal transmission and reception); and a probe station (makes contact to the on-chip components).

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