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IMAGINE project: a low cost, high performance, monolithic passive mm-wave imager front-end
Author(s): N. Alexander; P. Frijlink; J. Hendricks; E. Limiti; S. Löffler; C. Macdonald; H. Maher; L. Pettersson; D. Platt; P. Rice; M. Riester; D. Schulze; V. Vassilev
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Paper Abstract

The FP7 Research for SME project IMAGINE - a low cost, high performance monolithic passive mm-wave imager front-end is described in this paper. The main innovation areas for the project are: i) the development of a 94 GHz radiometer chipset and matching circuits suitable for monolithic integration. The chipset consists of a W-band low noise amplifier, fabricated using the commercially available OMMIC D007IH GaAs mHEMT process, and a zero bias resonant interband tunneling diode, fabricated using a patented epi-layer structure that is lattice matched to the same D007IH process; ii) the development of a 94 GHz antenna adapted for low cost manufacturing methods with performance suitable for real-time imaging; iii) the development of a low cost liquid crystal polymer PCB build-up technology with performance suitable for the integration and assembly of a 94 GHz radiometer module; iv) the assembly of technology demonstrator modules. The results achieved in these areas are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8544, Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology V, 854404 (26 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.976860
Show Author Affiliations
N. Alexander, GATE S.A. (Spain)
P. Frijlink, OMMIC (France)
J. Hendricks, Rogers BVBA (Belgium)
E. Limiti, TECS S.R.L. (Italy)
S. Löffler, RHe Microsystems GmbH (Germany)
C. Macdonald, Rogers BVBA (Belgium)
H. Maher, OMMIC (France)
L. Pettersson, Acreo AB (Sweden)
D. Platt, Acreo AB (Sweden)
P. Rice, GATE S.A. (Spain)
M. Riester, Dyconex AG (Switzerland)
D. Schulze, Dyconex AG (Switzerland)
V. Vassilev, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8544:
Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology V
Neil Anthony Salmon; Eddie L. Jacobs, Editor(s)

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