Research Priority: Information and Communication Technologies

The Center of Excellence on RF/5G Communications was established to develop transceivers equipped with integrated circuits embedded with hundreds of antennas capable of high-speed data transfer at the bandwidth frequencies being opened up for 5G networks. This includes the 28 GHz, 38 GHz and 73-76 GHz radio frequency bands.

A key goal of the center is to increase the number of multiple input and output (MIMO) antennas on transceivers, and develop solutions for increased throughput and low latency. Design of the transceivers will be performed at Masdar Institute, while fabrication will take place at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

The center established by MI in late 2016 through a partnership between the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES -- a Mubadala-owned full-service semiconductor design, development, fabrication and innovation company.