Army Project May Improve Military Communications by Boosting 5G Technology

Home / Articles / External / Government


December 3, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: December 3 on

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (Nov. 21, 2019) — An Army-funded project may boost 5G and millimeter-wave technologies, improving military communications and sensing equipment.

Carbonics, Inc., partnered with the University of Southern California to develop a carbon nanotube technology that, for the first time, achieved speeds exceeding 100 GHz in radio frequency applications. The milestone eclipses the performance — and efficiency — of traditional Radio Frequency Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor, known as RF-CMOS technology, that is ubiquitous in modern consumer electronics, including cell phones.

“This milestone shows that carbon nanotubes, long thought to be a promising communications chip technology, can deliver,” said Dr. Joe Qiu, program manager, solid state and electromagnetics at the Army Research Office. “The next step is scaling this technology, proving that it can work in high-volume manufacturing. Ultimately, this technology could help the Army meet its needs in communications, radar, electronic warfare, and other sensing applications.”

The research was published in the journal Nature Electronics.