Fast energy-saving microchip for 5G radio networks

March 23, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
At the upcoming DATE Conference , the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) will introduce the second iteration of its power-optimized Tomahawk microchip. The little axe is described as "very fast, energy-saving and resilient". According to cfaed, an institute of the Dresden Technical University, the device is designed to interconnect heterogeneous components. Applications could be in the car-to-x context, as well as in the Internet of Things.

The Tomahawk 2 prototype aims at what the Dresden scientists call the "tactile internet". It can transfer large quantities of data in real-time and enable innovative application - for example, it enables cars to automatically react to changes in road conditions, because the vehicles could be connected through sensors. This description hints to potential applications in a car-to-car communications environment.

Other potential application fields are telemedicine and e-learning, or augmented reality applications such as Google Glass. "This is the next step of the digital revolution", said Gerhard Fettweis, professor and holder of the Vodafone chair at TU Dresden. He added that he believes the technology represented by the Tomahawk chip can be implemented from 2020. A requirement for its deployment is the availability of very powerful mobile networks. In the development of 5G mobile networks, the Dresden university will closely collaborate with the London Kings College and the University of Surrey.