University of California San Diego and ETS-Lindgren Collaborate on R&D for 5G

The University of California San Diego (UCSD) and ETS-Lindgren have announced a research and development (R&D) collaboration to address emerging fifth generation (5G) and mmWave wireless technologies. With the proliferation of wireless technology into every corner of our lives, starting with traditional cellular and wireless LAN technologies and leading to the impending evolution of autonomous vehicles and the "Internet of Things," 5G and the corresponding mmWave technology will become a reality in the near future. Modern "smart antennas", such as advanced adaptive antenna systems, will enable the much faster data communication speeds required of tomorrow's 5G wireless devices. However, these new antennas pose unique challenges to designers and manufacturers of wireless devices, largely due to the beam forming capabilities which are now required for increasingly faster communication speeds. To address these challenges, ETS-Lindgren provided UCSD with a portable test enclosure for 5G and mmWave device R&D, to be used under the guidance of Professor Gabriel M. Rebeiz.

Professor Rebeiz, the Wireless Communications Industry Chair at UCSD, is well-known as one of the fathers of silicon RFIC phased-arrays. Since 2001, he has taken this technology from its infancy to SATCOM phased-arrays, 60 GHz base-station phased-arrays, automotive radar phased-arrays, and now, 28 GHz and 39 GHz 5G systems. He and his team of Ph.D. students will use ETS-Lindgren's portable test enclosure, Model AMS-5700, to gather performance test data on the design of their phased-arrays. ETS-Lindgren also provided its industry-leading EMQuest Antenna Measurement Software to efficiently provide a range of fully parameterized test methods for measuring basic antenna performance metrics, as well as testing radiated performance of various wireless technology devices, including the different 5G technology variants from mmWave radios to Massive MIMO base stations.  

The IEEE San Diego Section will feature an educational 5G seminar on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at UCSD. Speakers include Professor Rebeiz and Dr. Michael Foegelle, Director Technology Development with ETS-Lindgren. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to tour the 5G lab at UCSD and witness a demonstration using the AMS-5700.

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