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The ‘Tactile Internet’ in Focus of the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden

Press Release No 22

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The Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) has in focus the realization of a strong vision  - the ‘Tactile Internet’. Therefore, the initiative ‘5G Lab Germany’ has been opened on 24 september at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).  Within the 5G Lab, 20 TUD professors have started to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team with more than 500 scientists to advance the research concerning the key technologies for the 5th generation of mobile communications and its applications.


Professor Gerhard Fettweis, coordinator of the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, is also the initiator of the new project. ‘A key feature of the next wireless technology will be a short latency that will profoundly change many areas of society, by making the ‘Tactile Internet’ possible’, he explains. Parts of the vision of the ‘Tactile Internet’ are e.g., better traffic assistance systems, robotic-aided tele-surgery, as well as new learning and trainings methods with special tactile-to-visual feedback.

The cfaed, Cluster of Excellence of the TUD, will particularly support the new 5G research platform with its three systems-oriented research paths for enabling a mobile edge cloud - Orchestration, Resilience, and Highly Adaptive Energy-Efficient Computing (HAEC).

In February, the cfaed presented its new microchip ‘Tomahawk 2’ for the first time at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco. The new Tomahawk is extremely fast, energy-efficient and resilient. It is a heterogeneous multi-processor which can easily integrate very different kinds of devices. The cfaed researchers use the new prototype to prepare the ‘Tactile Internet’. With this, very big data volumes shall be transmitted with short end-to-end latency and allow completely new applications, e.g. vehicles that are able to react automatically to any obstacles on the road.

Driving bumper to bumper would be possible as sensors would regulate the distance between. Other innovations might be used for example in the areas of telemedicine, E-Learning, and smartphone applications.



‘This is the next step of the digital revolution,’ the Cluster coordinator Prof. Gerhard Fettweis says. He expects the realization to begin in 2020. However, powerful mobile networks are necessary to support the applications in the every-day use. To realize the 5th generation of mobile communication, Technische Universität Dresden will collaborate with the London’s Kings College and the University of Surrey.


The Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) is present at the Semicon Europa from 7-9 october 2014 at Booth 1032 (Silicon Saxony). The Cluster of Excellence for Electronics of Technische Universität Dresden unites eleven partner institutes with about 300 scientists from more than 20 countries who are working in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, material science, physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. The cfaed research focus is on new microchip technologies.


Further enquiries:

Birgit Holthaus

cfaed press officer

+49 351 463-42848

+49 171 537 10 20

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