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DARPA and NYU Look to Future and Beyond 5G

Autonomous car and "whisper radio" are part of the explorations

New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering is joining in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s research looking to the future and beyond 5G.

The school now supports the DARPA-sponsored Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP), which is researching high-gigahertz and terahertz spectrum up to 500 GHz for automotive self-driving car infrastructure and intelligent highways, according to

JUMP has six research centers, each devoted to a high-risk, high-reward research project. The program is expected to cost $200 million over its five-year length. DARPA is funding 40% of the JUMP research efforts, while a consortium of companies including Analog Devices, ARM, EMD Performance Materials (a Merck KGaA affiliate), IBM, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Micron Technology, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, TSMC, and Samsung, pays 60%.

One such project is to make autonomous car travel possible. The road infrastructure will have to handle data demands that can support centimeter-precision localization, unparalleled high-resolution imaging, and lightweight “whisper radio” technology, which researchers have previously demonstrated and which rely on very weak signals which are nonetheless difficult to jam, according to the same article.

As part of the JUMP program, ComSenTer, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is studying extremely high frequencies in the range of 100 GHz to 1 THz.