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Mobile communication technology has been improving the connection speed every year. In addition, the wireless communication LSI improves not only speed but also the reliability and functionality due to market requirements. As a result, the power of consumption of the wireless RF chip LSI has been much bloated. Currently, Panasonic is interested in two categories of technology in the new market area. One is the ultra-low power radio technology with several kbps which requires more than decade operation by a single coin battery. Another is the ultra-high-speed radio technology for data transfer. Both common wireless technologies can extremely reduce power consumption in terms of the parameter of energy expense over 1-bit (pJ/bit technology). In this talk, we introduce the technology of the low power radio system ever developed for a cellular phone. The digital RF architecture with polar transmitter system can improve the power amplifier efficiency. Then we introduce the ultra-low power wireless core technologies for RF, including the standardizations. Simple OOK signal modulation in wireless system can extremely reduce the total power consumption in RF. The low power system and circuit technique are introduced. These ultra-low-power radios are used for the smart grid home network based on the IEEE802.15.4g or body area network based on IEEE802.15.6 for future products. Finally, we explain Giga-bit wireless data communication where 60 GHz-band is one of the most attractive frequency resources, since 60 GHz band has already been allocated as unlicensed band with more than 7 GHz bandwidth in most of countries,. IEEE802.15.3c specification has been developed as the wireless personal area network (WPAN) standard above 1-Gbps in 2009. Other standardization bodies, such as the Wireless Gigabit Alliance and the IEEE802.11ad are also being developed for the wireless local area network (WLAN) toward 2012. All standards are targeting short range wireless connectivity among perso- - nal computers, audio-video equipments and mobile devices (e.g. smart phone or digital still camera) for uncompressed high-definition (HD) video stream and/or “sync and go” file transfer applications. In order to realize gigabit wireless connectivity for mobile, low power consumption less than 1 W with more than1 Gbps (less than 1pJ/bit) is required. Achieving such a low power radio at 60 GHz including the high-speed baseband is challenging. Using a CMOS technology is a promising approach to realize single chip solution with less than 1pJ/bit.
Date of Conference: 1-3 Aug. 2011