IBM project approved

​The joint project between IMPACT Lab and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA has been approved for funding. The project proposal titled “Novel Silicon-based SoP Incorporating RFICs with Integrated Antennas for mmWave and THz Applications” has received good reviews from the international experts. The reviewers stated “very interesting proposal with a good team and a state-of-the-art topic”. They consider it as “a good collaboration between Academia and Industry with good prospects for new contribution to the field.”

The project will kick start on December 1st, 2011 and the initial funding is for one year. The principal investigators are Dr. Atif Shamim from KAUST University IMPACT Lab and Dr. Duixian Liu from IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center both specialists in on-chip and in-package antenna design and their integration with RFICs.

The main objective of the project is the development of a miniature, multi-functional Si-based package for 94 GHz passive imaging system for a number of security, medical and environmental applications with reduced size and cost and increase the performance of a wide range of mm-Wave systems. IMPACT Lab, in collaboration with the IBM PI, will design the original mm-Wave-integrated antenna and the overall package, which will then be fabricated in IBM facility.

According to one of the proposal reviewer, this research could lead to “[...] prototypes in high/low-resistivity silicon, that could set the foundation for sub-THz modules”.