• Facts:
    • Project name: GaN-on-Silicon efficient mm-wave European System Integration Platform
    • Project acronym: SERENA
    • Project Coordinator: Technikon Forschungs- und Planungsgesellschaft mbH
    • Project start: 1st January 2018
    • Project duration: 36 months

"The SERENA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 779305."


Project Partners:


GaN-on-Silicon efficient mm-wave European System Integration Platform


Mission of SERENA:

The SERENA Project aims to extend the limits of mainstream semiconductor technologies by developing a low-cost and high-performance (high-power and high-efficiency) hybrid integration platform for mm-wave systems. It also aims to develop a GaN-on-Silicon cost- and power efficient mm-wave 5G beam-steering system as a proof-of-concept for future key markets (mm-wave 5G wireless communication systems and radars for autonomous vehicles), and to accept the challenge to bring into production high performance mm-wave active antenna systems, at a commercially viable price-point and low energy consumption. A system architecture and technology platform will be developed by using an integrated approach, and, further, SERENA will combine advancements in hybrid analogue/digital mm wave beam steering system architectures with a completely European based semiconductor supply chain. Finally, the project team will foster an inter-disciplinary design approach with a strong emphasis on multi-physics simulations and predictive co-design to show the unique capabilities of the SERENA technology.



The SERENA project proposes an innovative technology enabling high-power and high-efficiency through the integration of Gallium Nitride on Silicon (GaN-on-Si) semiconductor technology offering unprecedented efficiency and output power 10 times more than SiGe/CMOS. Compared with state-of-the-art the SERENA architecture and platform will bring the following system level advancements: increased energy efficiency, a significant reduction in size and cost as well as in design time/complexity and in power consumption, and, finally, an increased transmitter output power as well as an increased wireless area capacity (bit/s/km2).


SERENA Announcement Letter [PDF] 952 kB
SERENA Pressetext TEC [PDF] 758 kB
SERENA Leaflet [PDF] 1580 KB
General Presentation [PDF] 1290 KB
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