TERA6G – Advancing Connectivity with Cutting-edge Transceivers

In our earlier post we looked at TERA6G (TERAhertz integrated systems enabling 6G Terabit-per-second ultramassive MIMO wireless). The description of the project says, "The TERA6G is an enabler of the Fibre-over-the-air concept. The objective is to develop new generation wireless links with Terabit-per-second data throughput capacity using hybrid photonic integration technology advances unlocking disruptive wireless transceivers employing massive MIMO for beyond-5G networks."

The June 2023 edition of 6G Waves magazine has a good summary of what TERA6G is trying to achieve. Here is a short summary from that:

The TERA6G research project seeks to develop versatile and scalable wireless transceiver modules that tackle complex connectivity challenges. To set the bar high, TERA6G focuses on some challenging communications scenarios, such as:

  • high-traffic tourist areas, notorious for their limited network coverage due to dense user populations,
  • events, such as sports events and concerts, drawing massive crowds in a small geographic area,
  • and modern factories that deploy massive numbers of IoT devices and automation technologies to boost efficiency and streamline operations.

From bustling tourist hotspots and crowded events to IoT-centric factories, TERA6G’s solutions are poised to drive advancements in wireless communication and lay the foundation for the future of 6G networks. By overcoming unique challenges in these dynamic environments, TERA6G demonstrates its commitment to reshaping the wireless landscape for engineers, experts, and executives in the industry.

The main focus of TERA6G is to develop technologies in the areas that are crucial for 6G networks. These include ultra-high frequency, wide bandwidth tunable radio transport, multi-beam and beamforming/steering concepts, flexible transport solutions, and end-to-end network architectures. The impact objectives include contributions to new standards, improving user throughput and network capacity, integrating mobile objects into network architectures, and supporting diverse types of service-level agreements and network slicing.

The TERA6G project is working towards creating cost-effective and energy-efficient terahertz modules that come with independently controllable beams. The key technical enabler is to use a hybrid photonic integration technology which allows for scalability without compromising compactness. This technology enables frequency upconversion of signals from the lower mm-wave bands to the THz band and vice versa, thus, enabling rapid data transmission over vast distances.

TERA6G is a big step towards the future of wireless communications. It has the potential to drastically improve how data is transmitted, and networks are managed. The project is creating advanced terahertz modules that will form the foundation for future mobile networks beyond pure eMBB. This will increase capacity and efficiency and open up possibilities for the evolution of 6G technology.

The project website is available here. The project officially started on 1 January 2023 and will go on until 30 June 2026. The website is quite empty at the moment but hopefully the information will start to be added soon.

Here is a short video about the project:

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