Metasurface-Programmable Wireless Network-On-Chip

Mohammadreza F. Imani, Sergi Abadal, Philipp del Hougne

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This paper introduces the concept of smart radio environments, currently intensely studied for wireless communication in metasurface-programmable meter-scaled environments (e.g., inside rooms), on the chip scale. Wireless networks-on-chips (WNoCs) are a candidate technology to improve inter-core communication on chips but current proposals are plagued by a dilemma: either the received signal is weak, or it is significantly reverberated such that the on–off-keying modulation speed must be throttled. Here, this vexing problem is overcome by endowing the wireless on-chip environment with in situ programmability which enables the shaping of the channel impulse response (CIR); thereby, a pulse-like CIR shape can be imposed despite strong multipath propagation and without entailing a reduced received signal strength. First, a programmable metasurface suitable for integration in the on-chip environment (“on-chip reconfigurable intelligent surface”) is designed and characterized. Second, its configuration is optimized to equalize selected wireless on-chip channels “over the air.” Third, by conducting a rigorous communication analysis, the feasibility of significantly higher modulation speeds with shaped CIRs is evidenced. The results introduce a programmability paradigm to WNoCs which boosts their competitiveness as complementary on-chip interconnect solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2201458
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number26
StatePublished - Sep 15 2022


  • over-the-air equalization
  • programmable metasurface
  • smart radio environment
  • wave chaos
  • wireless communication
  • wireless network-on-chip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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