Belfast microwave research facility installs Agilent equipment -

Belfast microwave research facility installs Agilent equipment

From left: Prof Vincent Fusco, Head of High Frequency Research, Queen's University Belfast; Prof John McCanny, Director, ECIT and Tom White, Managing Director, Agilent Technologies UK Ltd.

LONDON — The Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is setting up a microwave and millimeter-wave research facility within its Research Institute in Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT).

ECIT opened earlier in the year and the MMW facility will have access to test and measurement equipment, valued at over $1million and supplied by Agilent Technologies. The equipment consists of a 110GHz network analyser configured for on-wafer probing to W-band, and a PNA-L vector network analyser used to control an NSI antenna near-field scanner. And the time-domain measurement, pulsed power and active-device characterisation capabilities of the laboratories will be enhanced by a 6 GHz multi-channel oscilloscope, a Ka-band power meter and a semiconductor parameter analyser.

The systems being put in place at QUB will be used for the characterisation of advanced research prototype monolithic integrated circuits and antenna systems. These ultimately will be deployed in applications such as short-range wireless sensors, mobile telephony, vehicular telemetry and vehicular radar systems.

Professor Vincent Fusco, Head of High Frequency Research at QUB, said, “These state-of-the-art capabilities will facilitate the leading research we conduct in the fields of microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits and antennas for use in the electronics communications industry”.

“In addition, the linkage between QUB and Agilent is of major significance as we develop an environment in which we train undergraduate and postgraduate students in microwave theory and techniques, through internships and collaborative research with Agilent Laboratories”.

Tom White, Managing Director of Agilent Technologies UK Ltd, said, “Queen’s University Belfast are undertaking exciting research in these areas, and the new facility will serve to boost their international reputation further. We are delighted to be able to extend our long-standing relationship with Queen’s through supporting this facility, and we are exploring the potential for closer collaboration with the university’s engineers.

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