Design and Performance Analysis of THz Wireless Communication Systems for Chip-to-Chip and Personal Area Networks Applications

Changhwan Yi, Dongkyo Kim, Sourabh Solanki, Jae Hong Kwon, Moonil Kim, Sanggeun Jeon, Young Chai Ko, Inkyu Lee

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Terahertz (THz) communication is a promising technique for chip-to-chip communication and wireless personal area networks. In this paper, we present an experimental study and design to realize such THz communication systems. We develop two different chip sets for on-off-keying (OOK) modulation based THz transceivers which include carrier generators, modulators, THz amplifiers, and baseband amplifiers. Specifically, the first chip set integrates the circuit blocks for the OOK modulation without the THz amplifier for short-range communication. In addition, the second chip set design includes the THz amplifier modules to extend the coverage of transmission. For these two chip sets, we experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of the wireless communication at THz frequency bands and assess performance using the bit error rate (BER) analysis. We estimate the BER by calculating the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) based on the eye diagram and compare with actual BER measurements and Monte Carlo simulations. We also address the impact of the distance, the transmit power, and the data rate for the proposed THz transceivers based on the link budget analysis, and confirm the accuracy of the derived BER expression.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9399150
Pages (from-to)1785-1796
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received June 15, 2020; revised November 16, 2020 and February 17, 2021; accepted March 1, 2021. Date of publication April 8, 2021; date of current version May 18, 2021. This work was supported in part by the Institute of Information & Communications Technology Planning & Evaluation (IITP) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), Korea Government (Development of ultra-wideband terahertz CW spectroscopic imaging systems based on electronic devices) under Grant 2021-0-00185 and in part by the National Research Foundation (NRF) through the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP), Korea Government, under Grant NRF-2020R1A4A1019628 and Grant 2017R1A2B3012316. This article was presented in part at the International Conference on ICT Convergence (ICTC), Jeju Island, South Korea. (Corresponding author: Inkyu Lee.) Changhwan Yi, Jae-Hong Kwon, Moonil Kim, Sanggeun Jeon, Young-Chai Ko, and Inkyu Lee are with the School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841, South Korea (e-mail:;;;;;

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  • THz communications
  • THz transceivers
  • integrated circuit
  • on-off keying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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