project . 2018 - 2018 . Closed


“The world´s first Multifunctional Single MMIC for Ku-Band Satcom-On-the-Move (SOTM) phased-array antennas”
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European Commission
Funder: European CommissionProject code: 828346 Call for proposal: H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1
Funded under: H2020 | SME-1 Overall Budget: 71,429 EURFunder Contribution: 50,000 EUR
Status: Closed
01 Jul 2018 (Started) 30 Nov 2018 (Ended)
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The communications on-the-move (OTM) is a growing market. Existing solutions, based on parabolic antennas and land connections, pose limitations for OTM applications and, therefore, satellite communications on the move (Satcom-On-the-Move (SOTM)) market, is growing due to the growing demand for broadband in-flight, land and maritime transport connectivity. The solution are phased-array antennas, but their development and implementation have been delayed due to the need of advanced electronic circuits development without compromising costs. WIMMIC, is a design house for MMICs (monolithic microwave integrated circuits), specialised in designing multifunctional MMICs. WIMMIC uses a proprietary single multifunctional (MultiSingle) MMIC specifically designed for phased-array antennas. This MultiSingle MMIC is capable of mixing and amplifying signals for several radiant elements of a phased-array antenna simultaneously, in order to reduce the cost and environmental impact and to improve the efficiency of satellite communications, also allowing a reduction in costs. WIMMIC´s new MMIC will cost 80% less, leading to a 40% reduction on CAPEX costs of phased-array antennas. WIMMIC was born thanks to the technology transfer work and investment of the VC firm Triple Helix. Our partner in this proposal, TTI, has a long history of providing advanced systems for a large range of customers and will integrate our MMIC into their phased-array antennas. Both companies wish to, via SMEInst-1, further validate the business model and test WIMMIC´s first MMIC prototype in TTI´s phased-array antennas. Reaching large-scale production via SMEInst-2, WIMMIC will generate €293M and TTI €580M revenues by 2023. New jobs will be another result of full commercialisation of WIMMIC´s MultiSingle MMIC and TTI´s phased-array antennas.

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