IMAGINE project - a low cost, high performance, monolithic passive mm-wave imager front-end

Alexander, N., Frijlink, P., Hendricks, J., Limiti, E., Löffler, S., Macdonald, C., Maher, H., Pettersson, L., Platt, D., Rice, P., Riester, M., Schulze, D., Vassilev, V.
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The FP7 Research for SME project IMAGINE - a low cost, high performance monolithic passive mm-wave imager front-end is described in this paper. The main innovation areas for the project are: i) the development of a 94 GHz radiometer chipset and matching circuits suitable for monolithic integration. The chipset consists of a W-band low noise amplifier, fabricated using the commercially available OMMIC D007IH GaAs mHEMT process, and a zero bias resonant interband tunneling diode, fabricated using a patented epi-layer structure that is lattice matched to the same D007IH process; ii) the development of a 94 GHz antenna adapted for low cost manufacturing methods with performance suitable for real-time imaging; iii) the development of a low cost liquid crystal polymer PCB build-up technology with performance suitable for the integration and assembly of a 94 GHz radiometer module; iv) the assembly of technology demonstrator modules.

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Proceedings of SPIE Volume 8544