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The discipline Microwave technology spans over a large application area from medicine to telecommunication and space covering research in components, circuits and subsystems for high frequencies and bit-rates. Microwave technology is a part of our daily life, e.g. the microprocessors in our computers operate with bit-rates in the microwave frequency range a well as the mobile communication systems. Microwave technology has also been the essential backbone technology for new sciences like e.g. radioastronomy.
A new and exciting application area and example on microwave technology is wireless sensors and sensor networks – incorporating hundreds, even thousands of tiny interconnected monitoring devices can interconnect with environments that are physically remote and inaccessible. These sensors are used for more and more in the demanding monitoring services for an increased security, safety, durable eco system and a sustainable life and health quality. Wireless sensor are also becoming more used in transports like cars and airplanes where instead of using tons of wires the wireless sensors can be used for control and surveillance which saves petrol and the environment. Other areas are safety with examples in the form of pre-crash and radar sensors in vehicles. Thus, there is a reason for why that wireless sensors and sensor-networks ha been classified as one the 21 most important technologies in our century.
For wireless sensors to applicable in a system they must have more intelligence, very small size and power consumption and be able to operate in harsh environments. Advances microwave technology in combination with micro- and nanotechnology opens the possibility to design small sensitive sensors that fulfil theses objectives. Antenna integrated vectormodulated transmitters and receivers on a single chip with a size of less than 10 mm2 have been developed to prove these concepts.
The research in the microwave group is focused on developing technologies, circuits and antennas that make it feasible to manufacture small antenna integrated systems for various sensor applications. The research is pursued by combining novel and conventional integrated wireless interface in new applications and environments. The applications ranges from telecommunication (LTE) to health and fitness applications.
The major part of the research in the microwave group is funded by the EU, VINNOVA, SSF, VR and Swedish Industries.
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