One terabit of data per second: This is the ambitious target set for the 6GKom project, pursued by a crack team of German research institutes and universities that are investigating the new vistas opened up by the next-generation mobile communications standard 6G. The mission of the project is to envision the fundamental hardware for communicating at frequencies above 100 GHz.
The planned integration platform includes an analogue frontend with a package-integrated antenna array for frequencies between 110 and 170 GHz (D-band). It will demonstrate the use of efficient, miniaturized broadband modules with beamforming capabilities. The platform is complemented by new base band architectures that account for parasitic effects at Terahertz frequencies with both the choice of hardware architecture and the properties of the wireless channel. The platform will be realized in specially designed test environments and processes.