15 December 2017
CST Global receives £108,000 from UK government to lead 60GHz radio-over-fiber project
III-V optoelectronic foundry Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (CST Global) of Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre, near Glasgow, Scotland, UK (a subsidiary of Sweden’s Sivers IMA Holdings AB) has received £108,000 (about SEK1.2m) from the UK government to lead the project ‘High performance wireless to photonic interfaces for 60 GHz Radio-Over-Fiber applications’.
The ‘Wi Phi’ project will be managed by CST research engineer Dr Horacio Canto alongside commercial partner Optocap Ltd and academic partner the University of Glasgow.
Running throughout 2018, the Wi Phi project has received more than £285,000 of government funding in total UK government agency through Innovate UK, of which CST has received £108,000.
“This is yet another project to establish the combination of optical device and millimeter-wave-based technology to offer multi-gigabit, wireless transmission for fiber networks,” says Canto. “The wireless-optoelectronic technology that we are developing targets V-band frequencies in the millimetre-wave spectrum at 60GHz, one of the designated 5G network bands for telecommunication infrastructures,” he adds.
The data rates possible with this technology exceed 7Gb/s, which is several times larger than those of currently available technologies. It benefits from low latency, increased transmission speed, immunity from interference, enhanced security, and a reduction in component count and antenna size. Ultimately, this enables a cost reduction for communication links with point-to-point configuration.
“We are pleased that CST once again is trusted by the British government to manage an important technology development project, and especially since this ‘Wi Phi’ project relates to our joint long-term strategic goal to offer the best wireless and fiber-based broadband solutions to the market,” comments Sivers IMA Holding’s CEO Anders Storm. “This confirms the strong position of CST and Sivers IMA in the development of next-generation broadband networks,” he believes.