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Kognitive IR‐UWB‐System for Reliable Real Time Applications in Factory Automation


The project aims to develop a cognitive impulse radio ultra wideband (IR-UWB) wireless communication system mainly for industrial automation applications. Such scenarios usually require communication to be highly reliable, have very short latency and adjust its parameters to fast changing radio environments. The latter is caused by other wireless systems operating in the vicinity. IR-UWB exhibits a good coexisting capability with other standards thanks to its huge bandwidth exceeding 500 MHz and the resulting processing gain and very small emission level having the lowest disturbing potential.


The cognitive IR-UWB will be characterised by the followings:


  • Continuous observation of the frequency spectrum in the range 3.1- 10.6 GHz allocated to IR-UWB in three dimensions time, frequency and space.
  • It will possess certain cognitive capabilities for predicting, for instance the occupancies of IR-UWB channels learning from their manner being seized. Preparing a list of free channels for use by users or nodes.
  • UWB communication pairs would access the free channel list through a signaling system either in-band or out-of-band.

IHP`s Contribution


  • Conceptual work, system architecture and parameter
  • Develop ASIC RF Frontend for IR-UWB transceiver
  • Develop ASIC and FPGA solution for baseband signal processing
  • Single chip ASIC for IR-UWB Transceiver
  • Test and integration of demonstrators


The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (funding number 01BU1220).

Project Partners


  • EADS Innovation Works Germany
  • Festo AG & Co. KG
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications
  • TES Electronic Solutions
  • Technichal University Dortmund
  • WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG

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The building and the infrastructure of the IHP were funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, funds of the Federal Government and also funds of the Federal State of Brandenburg.