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Luz Wavelabs joined 5Tonic initiative to develop 5G technology with Ericsson, Intel and Telefónica.

Luz Wavelabs joined 5Tonic initiative to develop 5G technology with Ericsson, Intel and Telefónica.

The development of 5G is a pressing reality. Required to create an optimized telecommunications network, it will connect billions of new devices and provide network solutions for IoT, AI, AR, etc. Thus, last year was founded 5Tonic, the first Spanish open research and innovation laboratory focusing on 5G technologies. This initiative, participated by Ericsson and Intel together with IMDEA Networks Institute and Telefónica; arises with the objective of joining forces from the industrial and academic scope in specific research projects. In one of the first activities of this project, Luz Wavelabs has emerged as the winner of the first global 5G Start-up competition announced during the 2017 Mobile World Congress. 

Current limitations of RF technology (which is close to its maximum capacity) have made millimeter waves the fundamental bet for the development and future scalability of 5G and beyond. In this context, Luz Wavelabs has been working for the last four years in pure/, a proprietary optoelectronic technology, used in the generation of millimeter waves. It allows to cover continuously a wide range of frequencies and it is directly scalable up to 1 THz. In addition, it provides fiber optic bandwidths on radio signals (up to 100 Gbps per channel) and it also enables remote and multipoint distribution over optical fiber before converting the signal to millimeter waves.

Specifically, the signal generator pure/mm, would allow continuous coverage from Mhz. up to Thz.,  offering bandwidths that would cover 5G and higher technology. All this, offering much lower transmission losses, lightness, EMI immunity and mechanical flexibility.

Due to the work done by Luz Wavelabs and its level of technological development in the field of millimeter and terahertz (THz), 5Tonic has awarded thisstartup. As a result, it will join the Laboratory Program, collaborating in the research projects with Ericsson, Intel and Telefónica.

However, Luz Wavelabs is not only developing its activity in the field of telecommunications. Today it is present in three other sectors, thanks to the versatility of photonics, one of the five Key Enabling Technologies (KETS). of the European Union. Thus, the company is also working on the development of high precision and low noise instrumentation for R&D in photonics and electronics; spectroscopy for the oil&gas sector; and photonic microwave systems for defense and security.


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