IMPACT Lab

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The Integrated Microwave Packaging Antennas and Circuits Technology (IMPACT) lab is focused on cutting edge research in CMOS RFICs, on-chip and integrated antennas, and passives design in LTCC, LCP and inkjet printing mediums. These components in enabling technologies are integrated to demonstrate highly miniaturized System-on-Chip (SoC) and 3D System-on-Package (SoP) designs targeting applications such as Wearable and Implantable Wireless Sensors, Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN), Automotive Radars, Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID), Wireless Powering and Energy Harvesting.

IMPACT Lab has state of the art facilities for design, fabrication and characterization in the field of Radio-Microwave frequencies and Antennas. For design, industry standard simulators (Ansys HFSS, CST Microwave Studio, ADS and Cadence) are available to the researchers. Fabrication facilities range from basic printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication (LPKF tools) to advanced inkjet printing on flexible substrates such as paper and plastics. IMPACT researchers also benefit from access to modern micro and nano-fabrication facilities available in KAUST core labs. IMPACT lab can characterize from DC to 110 GHz through Vector network analyzer with dedicated automated probe station. The lab has two high end anechoic chambers (Satimo Star Lab from 800 MHz-18 GHz) and the other one is amongst the few chambers in the world at present (Orbit Mini-Lab from 18 GHz till 110 GHz).

IMPACT in recent years have demonstrated implantable RF powered on-chip antennas based CMOS SoC for internal eye pressure measurement of glaucoma patients, LTCC based highly integrated automotive radar modules, ferrite LTCC based first ever tunable antennas, filters and phased arrays, worlds first inkjet printed paper based 3D flood monitoring disposable sensor, inkjet printed tracking tag for both indoor and outdoor real-time localization, first ever printed waveguide, and inkjet printed smart bandage for remote health care. The lab has produced 10 patents (including the first ever patent issued to KAUST) and over 100 international publications in a short time of 5 years. We aim to develop and demonstrate low cost, flexible smart wireless solutions for futuristic wearable electronics applications.​