CEA-Leti Introduces EU 6G Research Project for Next-Generation Wireless Connectivity

CEA-Leti has announced a visionary EU 6G research project for next-generation wireless connectivity called RISE-6G. The project will design, prototype and test smart and energy-sustainable technological advances based on reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS) that will enable programmable control and shaping of the wireless propagation environment.

These surfaces may be diode-based antennas or metamaterials for coating objects in the environment, such as walls, ceilings, mirrors, and appliances, and they will operate as reconfigurable reflectors or transceivers for massive access when equipped with active radio-frequency (RF) elements.

As part of its goal to demonstrate a scalable, smart, wireless connectivity paradigm enabled by RIS, the pan-European project will address the design of key hardware building blocks and their integration in future B5G/6G networks.

To achieve its goals, the RISE-6G objectives are:

  • Define novel network architectures and operation strategies incorporating multiple reconfigurable intelligent surfaces.
  • Characterize the new system's fundamental limits capitalizing on the proposed realistic and validated radio-wave propagation models.
  • design solutions to enable online trade between high-capacity connectivity, energy efficiency, EMF exposure, and localization accuracy based on dynamically programmable wireless propagation environments, while accommodating specific legislation and regulation requirements on spectrum use, data protection, and electromagnetic field (EMF) emission.
  • Prototype-benchmark proposed innovation via two complementary trials with verticals (Fiat Industry 4.0 production site and SNCF train station).

Expected to be deployed by the end of this decade, 5G/6G networks will create the basis for human-centered smart societies and vertical industries. To accomplish this, advances will be expected to support the long-term, sustainable transformation of networks into a distributed smart-connectivity infrastructure, where new terminal types, e.g. mirrors, signs, and walls, are embedded in the environment. In addition to responding to regulations and specific user-, service- and location-based needs, targeted innovations include an end-to-end, connectivity-computation system with high flexibility and dynamism that accommodates continuously evolving and heterogeneous applications. 

Remarkable Societal Impact in the Near Future

By dynamically controlling RIS-enabled communication environments, mobile network users will gather in optimized "ultra-capacity/gigabit areas" with controlled energy consumption and circumscribed EMF to avoid interference from unconnected devices and to minimize their impact on the people around them.

The project is poised to actively participate in standardization bodies and bring its technically advanced vision into the planned industrial implementation. This will secure European technology leadership, supporting the creation of new European-conceived service and business opportunities in the B5G/6G global race.

Project Team

Officially launched on Jan. 1, 2021, with a planned duration of three years, the RISE-6G project will be piloted by CEA-Leti. The consortium includes 13 partners from seven countries representing the academic, research, and industrial sectors:

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