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A new concept for ultra-high capacity wireless networks

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 ATTO project word cloud

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Project "ATTO" data sheet

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Organization address
city: GENT
postcode: 9000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 2˙496˙250 €
 EC max contribution 2˙496˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) coordinator 2˙496˙250.00


 Project objective

The project will address the following key question:

How can we provide fibre-like connectivity to moving objects (robots, humans) with the following characteristics: very high dedicated bitrate of 100 Gb/s per object, very low latency of <10 μs, very high reliability of 99.999%, very high density of more than one object per m2 and this at low power consumption?

Achieving this would be groundbreaking and it requires a completely new and high-risk approach: applying close proximity wireless communications using low interference ultra-small cells (called “ATTO-cells”) integrated in floors and connected to antennas on the (parallel) floor-facing surface of ground moving objects. This makes it possible to obtain very high densities with very good channel conditions. The technological challenges involved are groundbreaking in mobile networking (overall architecture, handover with extremely low latencies), wireless subsystems (60 GHz substrate integrated waveguide-based distributed antenna systems connected to RF transceivers integrated in floors, low crosstalk between ATTO-cells) and optical interconnect subsystems (simple non-blocking optical coherent remote selection of ATTO-cells, transparent low power 100 Gb/s coherent optical / RF transceiver interconnection using analogue equalization and symbol interleaving to support 4x4 MIMO). By providing this unique communication infrastructure in high density settings, the ATTO concept will not only support the highly demanding future 5G services (UHD streaming, cloud computing and storage, augmented and virtual reality, a range of IoT services, etc.), but also even more demanding services, that are challenging our imagination such as mobile robot swarms or brain computer interfaces with PFlops computing capabilities. This new concept for ultra-high capacity wireless networks will open up many more opportunities in reconfigurable robot factories, intelligent hospitals, flexible offices, dense public spaces, etc.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 C.-Y. Wu, H. Li, O. Caytan, J. Van Kerrebrouck, L. Breyne, S. Lemey, Hendrik Rogier, J. Bauwelinck, P. Demeester, G. Torfs
Distributed MU-MIMO Demonstration Using FPGA-Based Sigma-Delta-over-Fiber
published pages: 4, ISSN: , DOI:
ECOC2019, the 45th European Conference on Optical Communications 2020-01-30
2018 K. Van Gasse, L. Bogaert, L. Breyne, J. Van Kerrebrouck, S. Dhoore, C. Op de Beeck, A. Katumba, C.-Y. Wu, H. Li, J. Verbist, A. Rahim, A. Abbasi, B. Moeneclaey, Z. Wang, H. Chen, J. Van Campenhout, X. Yin, B. Kuyken, G. Morthier, J. Bauwelinck, G. Torfs, G. Roelkens
Analog Radio-Over-Fiber Transceivers Based on III–V-on-Silicon Photonics
published pages: 1818-1821, ISSN: 1041-1135, DOI: 10.1109/lpt.2018.2867930
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 30/21 2020-01-30
2019 L. Breyne, J. Verbist, J. Zhang, P. Demeester, G. Roelkens, G. Torfs
Flexible Integrated Silicon Photonic mm-Wave Frequency Upconversion Using GeSi EAMs
published pages: 3, ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO) 2020-01-30
2019 K. Van Gasse, J. Verbist, H. Li, G. Torfs, J. Bauwelinck, G. Roelkens
Silicon Photonics Radio-Over-Fiber Transmitter Using GeSi EAMs for Frequency Up-Conversion
published pages: 181-184, ISSN: 1041-1135, DOI: 10.1109/lpt.2018.2889537
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 31/2 2020-01-30
2018 Laurens Bogaert, Kasper Van Gasse, Thijs Spuesens, Guy Torfs, Johan Bauwelinck, Gunther Roelkens
Silicon photonics traveling wave photodiode with integrated star coupler for high-linearity mm-wave applications
published pages: 34763, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.26.034763
Optics Express 26/26 2020-01-30
2019 J. Van Kerrebrouck, L. Bogaert, H. Li, C.-Y. Wu, P. Demeester, G. Roelkens, G. Torfs
Monolithically Integrated Quadrature EAM Structure for 28 GHz Full Duplex Radio over Fiber
published pages: 4, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Symposium IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter 2020-01-30
2019 L. Bogaert, J. Verbist, K. Van Gasse, G. Torfs, J. Bauwelinck, G. Roelkens
Germanium photodetector with monolithically integrated narrowband matching network on a silicon photonics platform
published pages: 3, ISSN: , DOI:
Integratred Optics, 21st European conference 2020-01-30
2018 Sergei Shikhantsov, Arno Thielens, Günter Vermeeren, Piet Demeester, Luc Martens, Guy Torfs, Wout Joseph
published pages: 326-331, ISSN: 0144-8420, DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncy120
Radiation Protection Dosimetry 183/3 2019-10-01
2019 Kamil Yavuz Kapusuz, Sam Lemey, Alessandra Petrocchi, Piet Demeester, Dominique Schreurs, Hendrik Rogier
Polarization Reconfigurable Air-Filled Substrate Integrated Waveguide Cavity-Backed Slot Antenna
published pages: 102628-102643, ISSN: 2169-3536, DOI: 10.1109/access.2019.2926809
IEEE Access 7 2019-10-01
2019 Sergei Shikhantsov, Arno Thielens. Günter Vermeeren, Emmeric Tanghe, Piet Demeester, Guy Torfs, Luc Martens, Wout Joseph
Hybrid ray-tracing/finite-difference time-domain method for human EMF-exposure assessment of a massive MIMO technology
published pages: 59-63, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (BioEM2019) 23-28 June, 2019 2019-10-01
2017 Thomas Deckmyn, Sam Agneessens, Ad C. F. Reniers, A. Bart Smolders, Maarten Cauwe, Dries Vande Ginste, Hendrik Rogier
A Novel 60 GHz Wideband Coupled Half-Mode/Quarter-Mode Substrate Integrated Waveguide Antenna
published pages: 6915-6926, ISSN: 0018-926X, DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2017.2760360
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 65/12 2019-06-13
2017 Laurens Breyne, Guy Torfs, Xin Yin, Piet Demeester, Johan Bauwelinck
Comparison Between Analog Radio-Over-Fiber and Sigma Delta Modulated Radio-Over-Fiber
published pages: 1808-1811, ISSN: 1041-1135, DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2017.2752284
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 29/21 2019-06-13
2018 Kamil Yavuz Kapusuz, Sam Lemey, Hendrik Rogier
Substrate-Independent Microwave Components in Substrate Integrated Waveguide Technology for High-Performance Smart Surfaces
published pages: 3036-3047, ISSN: 0018-9480, DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2018.2823319
IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques 66/6 2019-06-13
2018 Guy Torfs, Haolin Li, Sam Agneessens, Johan Bauwelinck, Laurens Breyne, Olivier Caytan, Wout Joseph, Sam Lemey, Hendrik Rogier, Arno Thielens, Dries Vande Ginste, Joris Van Kerrebrouck, Gunter Vermeeren, Xin Yin, Piet Demeester
ATTO: Wireless Networking at Fiber Speed
published pages: 1468-1477, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2017.2783038
Journal of Lightwave Technology 36/8 2019-06-13
2017 Arno Thielens, Günter Vermeeren, Olivier Caytan, Guy Torfs, Piet Demeester, Johan Bauwelinck, Hendrik Rogier, Luc Martens, Wout Joseph
Radiofrequency exposure near an attocell as part of an ultra-high density access network
published pages: 295-306, ISSN: 0197-8462, DOI: 10.1002/bem.22045
Bioelectromagnetics 38/4 2019-06-13

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