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Prototype DMA to permit 6G to deliver ultra-fast data transfer

A new paper published in the IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation, gives details of the University of Glasgow in Scotland team’s development of a prototype digitally coded, dynamic metasurface antenna (DMA), controlled via a high-speed field-programmable gate array (FPGA). These are semiconductor devices, often bought ‘off the shelf’ that are based around a matrix of configurable logic blocks connected via programmable interconnects. Thus, FPGAs can be reprogrammed and reconfigured by users in post-manufacturing environments to meet specific use case requirements.

The DMA is the first in the world designed and demonstrated at the high-operating frequency of the 60 GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) band. This is the portion of the spectrum reserved by international law for use in industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications.

This technology has the potential to permit 6G networks to deliver ultra-fast data transfer with high reliability and seamless connectivity and thus enable new applications in communication, sensing, and imaging.

Professor Qammer Abbasi, co-director of the University of Glasgow’s Communications, Sensing and Imaging Hub, and a lead author of the paper, says the Glasgow team’s prototype DMA “makes it a potentially very valuable stepping stone towards new use cases of 6G technology and could pave the way for even higher-frequency operation in the terahertz range.”

For report, https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=10494997

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