Sivers IMA AB has participated in the ICT project E3Network supported by the European Union through the FP7 program and contributed with mm‐wave knowhow and state of the art transceivers for mm‐wave backhaul. This project was initiated in December 2012 and finalized with good results in May 2016. A final review was held in Brussels mid‐September 2016. 

Within the E3network project, a prototype of a very highspeed (10 Gbps) Eband pointtopoint link was designed, manufactured, and evaluated together with several partners. This kind of mmwave data links covering 71 – 76 and 81 – 86 GHz are crucial for future telecommunication systems supporting highspeed data to the user.

“This project shows Sivers IMAs capabilities to work with many of the best organizations in Europe in order to create a highspeed pointtopoint link prototype with very competitive performance”, says Anders Storm, CEO of Sivers IMA.

It has been a very ambitious project which began with a comprehensive system analysis in order to derive the specification necessary for this mmwave link. The critical hardware was then identified and designed within the project. This included transmit/receive baseband functions implemented in FPGAs and RF frontend circuits using an advanced BiCMOS process. These key hardware parts were combined with commercial blocks to form a complete mmwave pointtopoint link. In parallel with the design work, the project has also been active in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) defining the future usage of Eband in Europe. As a result, the E3network Radio Profile has been accepted as the candidate for the new ETSI 10 Gbps / 2 GHz profile.

The E3network consortium consisted of: CEIT (Spain – coordinator), Fraunhofer (Germany), ALCATELLUCENT (nowadays NOKIA – Italy), CEA (France), INCIDE (nowadays IXYS – Spain), Silicon Radar (Germany), ST Microelectronics (Italy), Sivers IMA (Sweden), and OTE (Greece).

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