The main objective of the DRAGON (Design Methods for Radio Architectures Going Nanoscale) project was to research and use new design methodologies and architectural innovation based on reconfigurability and state-of-the-art digital CMOS technology in order to break the barriers imposed by the lacking scaling properties of analog components.


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Project Details

Project reference: 248277
Start date: 2010-02-01
End date: 2013-05-31
Duration: 40 months
Project cost: € 5.008.435
Project funding: € 3.480.000
Programme type:
Seventh Framework Programme
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Contract type: Collaborative project