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J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2017, 7(2), 6; doi:10.3390/jlpea7020006

Design of a Wideband Antenna for Wireless Network-On-Chip in Multimedia Applications

Liberolab R&D, Milano, Italy
Academic Editor: Davide Patti
Received: 22 January 2017 / Revised: 18 March 2017 / Accepted: 26 March 2017 / Published: 29 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Network-on-Chip Architectures for Low Power Embedded Systems)
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To allow fast communication—at several Gb/s—of multimedia content among processors and memories in a multi-processor system-on-chip, a new approach is emerging in literature: Wireless Network-on-Chip (WiNoC). With reference to this scenario, this paper presents the design of the key element of the WiNoC: the antenna. Specifically, a bow-tie antenna is proposed, which operates at mm-waves and can be implemented on-chip using the top metal layer of a conventional silicon CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology. The antenna performance is discussed in the paper and is compared to the state-of-the-art, including the zig-zag antenna topology that is typically used in literature as a reference for WiNoC. The proposed bow-tie antenna design for WiNoC stands out for its good trade-off among bandwidth, gain, size and beamwidth vs. the state-of-the-art. View Full-Text
Keywords: new trends in Network-on-Chip (NoC) architectures; on-chip antenna; networks-on-chip; wireless on-chip communications; multimedia communications new trends in Network-on-Chip (NoC) architectures; on-chip antenna; networks-on-chip; wireless on-chip communications; multimedia communications
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Gutierrez, F. Design of a Wideband Antenna for Wireless Network-On-Chip in Multimedia Applications. J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2017, 7, 6.

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