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RF SoC for IoT Applications


The Internet of Things (IoT) is believed to be one of the main drivers for the semi-conductor industry in the upcoming years. While the key IoT use cases will manifest themselves in the near future, it is already clear today, that the use-cases will have extremely application-specific requirements. With some application require high data throughput (e.g. use cases incorporating high-quality video streaming), other use cases rely on extremely low-energy (wearables, implantable telemetry devices), low-latency (self-driving cars), extended link distance (remote sensor networks, drones), and/or location services (self-driving cars, drones).

With some of the requirements contradicting each other (like high-throughput and extremely low energy) it immediately become clear that: No communication system can fit all! Additionally, the very strong cost and form-factor pressure demands for single chip solutions, which incorporate analog sensor / actuator front ends, RF-transceiver, digital baseband processing, and an application processor. Such a RF System-on-Chip (RF-SoC) is mandatory to achieve minimal manufacturing costs.

The unique combination of research fields at the integrated systems laboratory enables the design of complete highly optimized IoT-targeting RF SoC. One part of such an RF SoC design is the hardware- and energy-efficient realization of the digital baseband algorithms in which we constantly offer various semester and master projects in the following fields:

• Development of dedicated communication protocols for IoT

• Development of hardware-efficient digital-baseband algorithms

• Implementation and evaluation of physical communication links on FPGA-testbeds

• ASIC Implementation of key building blocks or full RF-SoC in state-of-the-art CMOS technologies

Available Projects

A list of currently available projects in the field of IoT communication systems:

LTE IoT Network Synchronization

FPGA-based Testbed Implementation of an Extended-Coverage Point-to-Point Communication Link for the Internet of Things

VLSI Implementation Polar Decoder using High-Level Synthesis

Implementation of a NB-IoT Positioning System


Matthias Korb

Mauro Salomon

Stefan Lippuner


Qiuting Huang