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UCD's RF & Microwave Research Group was established by Prof. Tom Brazil in early 1980s. It has over 30 years experience in advanced device modelling, high frequency simulation algorithms, behavioural modelling and power amplifier design. It is well-known in Europe and else where as a centre of excellence in microwave engineering research. Current research themes include physical and equivalent-circuit modelling of high frequency devices, nonlinear simulation techniques, behavioural modelling of RF power amplifiers and wireless transmitters, MMIC power amplifier design and broadband linearisation using digital predistortion. Research on advanced wireless MIMO transceiver architectures, full-duplex radios as well as nonlinear system identification algorithms are also being carried out.

RF & Microwave Labratory
RF & Microwave Laboratory

This work is supported by an extensive high performance PNA-based test and measurement capability up to 110GHz, including high precision parametric measurement solution, Pulsed IV and load-pull system, programmable vector signal generators and high performance vector signal analyzers, as well as full software infrastructure (ADS, AWR, Matlab etc).

This group has received funding from various sources, including three Principal Investigator Awards from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to support its research programmes. It has been funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) under various Technology Transfer and Commercialization Grants. UCD was a leading partner in the EU FP6 Network of Excellence "TARGET" in microwave CAD from 2004 to 2007. Since 2012, we have been working with the European Space Agency (ESA) in developing advanced digital predistortion techniques for satellite communications. The UCD group is also funded by MCCI in developing digital calibration algorithms for analog to digital data converters. This group is part of the IoE2 Lab and one of the main research teams in the Ireland's Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications - CONNECT.