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The Company

Research & Development

Advanced Communication Technologies

Research activities and interests focus on activities related to the design and development of Innovative Multiservice Broadband Access systems; while both wireline and wireless systems are addressed, the main focus is on Advanced Multi-Element Antenna Broadband Wireless Systems below 11 GHz.

Specific activities include:

  • The development of high-level design methods for embedded systems (focussing on IP networking services and applications)
  • The design of efficient hardware building blocks for System-on-Chips (SoCs)
  • The development of low-power design of circuits and systems
  • The design of mixed-signal/analog RF chip prototypes
  • The development of re-configurable architectures and systems targeting the efficient realization of communication modules and systems.
Active Projects:
FP6- 507102 " MAGNET: My personal Adaptive Global NET" (

A range of technologies such as UWB-IR, UWB-FM, OFDM, MC-SS are explored with a target of providing suitable air interfaces for Personal Area Networks that comprises "all of a person's devices capable of network connection whether in his or her wireless vicinity, at home or in the office".

507325 " NEWCOM Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications" (

The main strategic goals of NEWCOM are the promotion of high-quality, cutting-edge research in the areas of analysing and designing DSP algorithms for wireless systems, MIMO radio channel modelling for next generation communication systems, and RF and microwave devices design and modelling. Special attention will also be given to the areas of Ad Hoc and sensor networks, ultra-wide band communication systems, functional design aspects of future generation wireless systems, reconfigurable radio for interoperable transceivers and cross layer optimisation. Contribution, using the above mentioned research, to standardization bodies is also an important goal for NEWCOM, as well as creating a flexible and effective mechanism for distributing the knowledge obtained within it.

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Previous Projects:
IST-1999-10731 " ADAMAS: ADAptive Multicarrier Access System" (

ADAMAS was targeted to design, implement and evaluate a novel outdoor F-BWA SISO system, based on OFDM technology in license and license-exempt frequencies (5.8 GHz and 10.5 GHz). This project comprised a reference in the relevant standardization bodies both in Europe and the U.S. and many of its achievements have been approved by them. As a result, the final spec of ADAMAS is very close to the OFDM option of the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. INTRACOM was the principal contractor.

IST-2000-30173 " STINGRAY: Space-TIme codING Reconfigurable Access sYstems" (

Expanding multicarrier knowledge towards MIMO techniques, INTRACOM was the principal contractor of the STINGRAY project that aimed to study, implement and validate a novel re-configurable Space-Time Coded (STC) OFDM system for the Adaptive broadband wireless access system based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. The proposed MIMO extensions can be used as a first step towards the extension of the current standard in MIMO directions. INTRACOM was the principal contractor.

IST-1999-10025 " WIND-FLEX: Wireless INDoor FLEXible high bit rate modem architectures" (

The goal of WIND-FLEX was to design and implement a high-bit rate, flexible, adaptive and configurable modem architecture that works in single hop ad-hoc networks and provides a wireless access to the Internet in an indoor environment where slow mobility is required. The driving force is research and this work will be the basis for defining new standards.

IST-2000-30093 " EASY: Energy-Aware SYstem on-chip design of the HIPERLAN/2 standard" (

EASY aims to develop a power and cost efficient heterogeneous System-on-Chip (SoC) processor that handles the baseband processing and the DLC layer's functionality, the HIPERLAN/2 WLAN standard, as well as critical functionality of the IEEE 802.11a standard. The low-power design methodology for SoC implementation will be addressed and relevant prototype tools on the developed low-power design methodology will be designed. INTRACOM was the principal contractor.

IST-2001-34631 " INTRALED: INdustry-driven TRAining for Low-power European Designers" (

The objective of this project is to increase the low-power design skills of engineers from European IST industries. It will be achieved by setting-up and developing a cluster of five courses covering methodologies and tools for the design of low-power systems, running six editions of the cluster at partner's sites during project lifetime, and running on-demand editions of the cluster within (and beyond) project lifetime at interested companies that do not belong to the INTRALED consortium.

ST-2001-34370 " ANTITESYS: A Networked Training InitiaTive for Embedded SYStems design" (

The main objective of ANTITESYS is to address the shortage for the European Industrial segment involved in the design or manufacturing of embedded systems. More precisely, ANTITESYS aims at preparing researchers/designers oriented to industrial needs, endowed with a cross-disciplinary education and basic soft-skills, as well as creating a strong collaboration between Academia and Industry not only in research but also in designing and organising a training initiative.

IST-2000-30049 " ADRIATIC: Advanced methodology for Designing ReconfIgurable SoC and Application - Targeted IP entities in wireless Communications" (

The objective of ADRIATIC is the development of a high-level specification, refinement and partitioning methodology for the efficient system realization on System-on-Chip platforms including reconfigurable platforms. The methodology will be realized using technologies such as SystemC and OCAPI-XL.

IST-2001-34379 " AMDREL: Architectures and Methodologies for Dynamic REconfigurable Logic" (

The objective of AMDREL is to develop the hardware side of a heterogeneous system-on-chic platform for wireless multimedia communications. The targeted hardware blocks include communication network, coarse grain reconfigurable blocks, embedded FPGA and optimised application specific blocks.

IST-2000-30132 " PERLA: HBT Integrated SiGe Transceiver for HiPERLAn" (

The main objective of PERLA is to demonstrate IEEE802.16-2004 frontend systems using SiGe RF integrated circuits and a System-in-Package (SiP) power amplifier. The Group's next R&D activity will focus on specifying and validating an IEEE802.16e MIMO transceiver that will be integrated using a nanoscale process and SiP technology. INTRACOM was the principal contractor.

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