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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 applications 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