Date : 16-Jul-2019
- Singapore-based arQana Technologies, a fabless design house that develops frontend solutions for wireless communications in the fields of radar, satellite communications and cutting-edge 5G infrastructure, announced today that their first European research and development office will officially launch on 28 August 2019 at Innovatie- & Incubatiecentrum in Leuven, Belgium.
- The initial research team includes two engineers who received their PhD degrees from KU Leuven, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected research universities.
- arQana is headquartered in Singapore with a production and manufacturing office in Taiwan and a R&D and design office in Belgium.
- arQana is an ISO 9001:2015 certified technology company comprised of highly skilled engineers and management personnel with extensive experience in the semiconductor industry.
- arQana’s facilities include its own Pilot Packaging Lab, a Class 10,000 cleanroom that is ESD compliant, as well as a PCB Assembly Lab that utilizes surface-mount technology (SMT) and is operated by experienced IPC trained personnel.
- arQana specializes in designed and development of MMIC (Monolithic microwave integrated circuit) components offering a range of amplifiers, control components and transistors operating in the micrometer and millimeter wave bands.
- Mr. Glenn Vandevoorde, CEO for arQana Technologies, said, Leuven is an obvious choice for our first European R&D office, given the city’s long history of supporting technological innovation and KU Leuven’s capacity for producing many of the world’s eminent experts in the field of engineering and technology.
- Vandevoorde earned his masters degree in Micro-Electronics at KU Leuven and was part of the university’s MICAS research group in the late ‘90s.
- Brecht François will be Leading the arQana Belgium design team - received a PhD degree from the ESATMICAS laboratories at KU Leuven for his design of CMOS RF Power Amplifier Techniques for wireless and mobile applications.
- Maxime De Wit,Senior RFIC Designer - received a PhD degree in Integrated Electronics from the ESAT-MICAS laboratories at KU Leuven. Maxime researched extensively on millimeter wave circuit design in bulk CMOS for data communication through dielectric waveguides.
- Professor Patrick Reynaert, who leads the RF and mm-wave research of the KU Leuven MICAS research group, said, Belgium and KU Leuven have always been hot-spots for research on RF and wireless, and continues to take the lead in integrated solutions for mm-wave radar and 5G.
- KU Leuven MICAS research group has been collaborating with arQana for more than a year now, doing research together on RF and mm-wave power amplifiers in various technologies.
- Ralp Moureau, the Science & Technology Counsellor (Singapore) for Flanders Investment & Trade, said, Micro- and nano-electronics are some of the key enabling technologies through which Europe aims to keep its competitive edge; arQana Technologies' background enable them to plugs into these rich ecosystem via the collaboration of KU Leuven’s ESAT-MICAS group.
- The focus of the arQana Belgium office will be on advanced research, design and development of highly integrated RFIC (radio frequency integrated circuit) solutions for 5G, radar, and satellite communication used in future arQana products.
- The 5G evolution will keep the team busy, the game has just begun.