Future emerging technologies require low power consumption, high security level and co-development design which can be reached by the realization of highly integrated materials and devices working at millimeter waves. The main project objective is to reach functional and marketable device demonstrators in the millimeter wave range for future integrated transceiver modules, as high efficiency sensors for numerous important application domains. The MASTERS project is a three-year project balanced into seven distinct and complementary work packages carried out by the four partners. In order to ensure that objectives can be achieved, a clearly defined work programme has been drawn up and divided into a number of tasks and milestones, to allow the team of researchers to focus on specific technological challenges. This well-defined structure is also expected to simplify and assist the work and exchanges between the partners and the validation of the project objectives as they are fulfilled throughout the programme’s duration.
Research and technological development activities: The device specifications will be defined based on marketable scenarios and materials feasibility, as a function of the radiating structure development (WP1). Based on these specifications, the partners will then develop the functional materials (WP2, WP3, WP4), which will be optimized to have the most adapted properties on the millimeter wave frequency range, i.e. an improved tunability and low losses while having properties fitting with the sensor radiating structure (antenna). Materials properties will be investigated using dedicated characterization methods (WP5) developed at the sensor working frequency band (between 57 GHz and 64 GHz). Both the development and the characterization of the smart components and devices including the thin coating materials are a key technology step for cutting-edge research and strengthen competitiveness. A rigorous co-development of the antenna integrating the electromagnetic model of the components (which will decrease its power consumption and also provide a smart adaptation to various housings and varying antenna’s surroundings) will be performed in WP6. Moreover, the transceiver module and the agile antenna will be jointly developed on particular impedances where the antenna presents optimal radiation efficiency and the transceiver module has minimum losses. The final device prototype will have a 3D structure and will be developed on the same substrate as the smart component (based on improved coating films) in order to facilitate their 3D integration (WP6). This prototype will be the first-phase technological demonstrator toward the establishment of innovative and highly-efficient market-oriented devices (WP7).
Demonstration and marketable activities: The final device demonstrator will be developed, validated and driven in order to meet the need for future devices (highly integrated, safe, efficient and low power-consuming) (WP6). The functional demonstrator will be in the stage prior to commercialization. The market development vision will occur throughout the project (WP7) and will specifically target: the scientific and technological challenges concerning the materials feasibility, the devices specifications (power, DC voltage, etc…) and cost assessments in order to achieve a visionary demonstrator and target potential markets with the highest potential gains for competitiveness.
All partners will contribute to the validation process, based on the specifications/ case studies prepared in the WP1. Dissemination activities, as well as the preparation for the exploitation, will be developed (WP7) in order to enable the take-up of results by the industrial partner, to promote knowledge management activities and the intellectual protection to their best advantage, and to exploit the results for increasing their competitiveness.
Management activities: Management actions will proceed as the liaison between the participants and the funding organizations. The partners will collect, review and submit reports and deliverables (including financial statements), while preparing the agenda and the minutes of the meetings. Management team will be also responsible for:
-strategy and practical R&D management of the project,
-auditing technical performance of the project,
-evaluation of technical risks and contingency plans,
-ensuring accomplishment of the technical and business objectives,
-promoting, in association with the Industrial Advisory Committee, the project visibility at an international level.
|WP0||Project coordination||Coordination, monitoring, reporting||Xlim|
|WP1||Materials & antennas specifications according to the marketable device requirements||Project specifications, marketable scenarios||AirMems|
|WP2||Ferroelectric thin films development||Ferroelectric material development, BST and BNT layers doping, superlattices and multilayers||SPCTS|
|WP3||Electrodes and hetero-structure development||Metallic electrodes, ferroelectric/metal structure||NIMP|
|WP4||Phase change materials development||Material design and characterization, mmW switches, integration||Xlim|
|WP5||Materials characterization & tunable components development and characterization at millimeter-waves frequencies||Smart sensors, Interdigital capacitors, Metal-Ferroelectric-Metal capacitors, new millimeter devices, co-development||Xlim|
|WP6||Smart devices development on the millimeter wave bands and final device prototyping and measurement||3D integration, on-chip sensors||Xlim|
|WP7||Marketable device||Commercialization plan, events, advices||AirMems|