Radio Frequency Technology Centre
The RFTC Laboratory was established in 2007 with the support of Enterprise Ireland and represents a significant investment in collaborative R&D support to local and start-up industries involved in the wireless sector.
The resources of the RFTC are also recognized by local companies involved in applied research who require access to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) pre compliance expertise. IT Tallaght has recently funded the installation of an RF anechoic chamber (ca. 20m2) which further strengthens the capability of the RFTC team. This important resource is located within the ITT Dublin’s Synergy Centre.
Specialised training at Masters level level has resulted in practical low cost methods of optimising wireless transceiver performance for “Internet of Everything” (IoE) type applications. A paper presented at the IEEE sponsored Irish Signals and Systems conference in Cork, 2010 subsequently won “Best Masters Research Paper” at national level, awarded by MIDAS Ireland. Applied research at master’s level in the area of ultra low noise, low power, RF amplifier design has been presented at the Irish Signals & Systems Conference 2014 and 2014 China-Ireland International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies. ITT Dublin provides wireless and RF training at associate engineer level and is listed on the IEEE world map for RF and microwave education (Click Region 8 and zoom into Ireland).
The RFTC welcomes enquires from RF researchers who wish to perform investigations concerning harmonic emissions from RF sub circuits such as clock oscillators, mixers, high speed digital and switching amplifiers. As well as a Keysight vector network analyser, vector signal generator / analyser the chamber includes a newly purchased Innco Systems CT0500 turntable which can be programmed to work with various EMC test cases. Other recent investments include a 6.2 GHz Tektronix RSA 306 +SignalVu real time spectrum analyser which can be used to investigate devices with complex modulation.The centre has local applied research linkages with groups such as DIT's Antenna and High Frequency Research Centre