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Reliable 60-GHz Communication, Beamforming and Localization



  • Development of secure and robust wireless communication technologies with high data rates and small latency for industrial applications, e.g. cooperative augmented-reality applications
  • Data rates: 100 Mbit/s – 1 Gbit/s, Latency < 1ms
  • Integration of localization functionality to support novel services like radio-based emergency stop or virtual safety areas

IHP's Contribution

In the Prowilan project, IHP contributes to the specification, the system architecture and the implementation of the wireless communication system. IHP focusses on the usage of the 60GHz band, for which a high performance front-end IC with beam-steering functionality will be developed.


Furthermore, IHP will develop, implement and evaluate low-latency beam-training methods. With the help of powerful beam-tracking algorithms, a widely uninterrupted connectivity in the 60GHz band will be guaranteed.


The third research topic is the specification, design and implementation of localization methods. The goal is to use the same RF frontends for data communication and efficient localization. Time-of-flight ranging methods are combined with beam-forming and angle-of-arrival data to improve accuracy and resolution.


The project receives funding from Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Project Partners


  • ABB AG
  • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH
  • IMST GmbH
  • NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Bosch Rexroth AG
  • Technical University Dresden

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.