Don't Miss these Workshops and Short Courses at IMS 2019

This year's 2019 IMS Microwave Week will be held 2-7 June 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. IMS Microwave Week consists of three related conferences offering technical sessions, interactive forums, plenary and panel sessions, workshops, short courses, industrial exhibits, application seminars, historical exhibits, and a wide variety of other technical and social activities including a guest program. This event will also host several workshops and short courses based on different technologies. EverythingRF is bringing you some of the interesting workshops and short courses available at IMS 2019.

Workshops and Short Courses at IMS 2019:


Organizer: David S. Ricketts, North Carolina State Univ.

Location: 256

Abstract: In this practical short course you will learn the system design of a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar. After a short theory lecture, you will participate in teams to design and build a working radar at 1GHz. Each participant will design one component of the radar and then assemble the radar as a team for testing at the end of the day. The participants will build a power amplifier, low-noise amplifier, rat-race coupler and mixer. Baseband signal generation and components will be provided. No prior experience is needed, other than general microwave engineering knowledge.

Organizers: Jeffrey S. Walling, Debopriyo Chowdhury, Tyndall National Institute, Broadcom

Location: 157BC

Abstract: It is suggested that 5G communications will be comprised of a combination of the existing cellular and ISM bands in the sub-6 GHz spectrum, along with near mm-wave bands (e.g., K and Ka) and mm-wave bands (e.g., W and V). This workshop focuses on power amplifier and transmitter designs and architectures in the sub-6 GHz spectrum that can include highly digital architectures (DPAs, charge-based TX), as well as architectural innovation (e.g., Cartesian combiners and magnetic free circulators). To explore the pathways that will enable 5G communications, the workshop will highlight recent trends in PAs and transmitters that can be used to enable digital beamforming, multi-beam TX, and enhance energy efficiency and linearity. Additionally, we will explore the emerging topics of co-existence and simultaneous transmit and receive.

Technical Papers

  1. Duplexing and Co-existence in Emerging RF Wireless Systems
  2. Analog and Digital Wideband Envelope Tracking for 5G
  3. Modulating Transmitter Power Supplies for Improved Battery Life in Wideband Applications
  4. Bits-In RF-Out Transmitters
  5. Energy-Efficient and Area-Saving Techniques in Digital Power Amplifiers
  6. A Digital Transmitter Based on Class-G Quadrature Switched-Capacitor Power Amplifier with Efficiency Enhancement and Linearization Techniques
  7. Emergent Reconfigurable DPAs and Beamforming Transmitters for 5G

Organizers: Ehsan Afshari, Hongtao Xu, Univ. of Michigan, Fudan Univ.

Location: 257AB

Abstract: Future applications, such as 5G, SatCom, AR/VR and radar imaging, need a large-scale array system. Such a system requires highly integrated RFICs for the growing channel number, easy system integration, and cost/area optimization. This workshop addresses key design challenges in components, integration and overall system in such systems. The focus would be on manufacturing friendly techniques for interfacing mm-wave arrays with antennas both for single-element and large-scale arrays, and will also help to understand evolution from Phased Arrays to MIMO Arrays.

Technical Papers

  1. Silicon Phase Arrays: Past, Present, and Future
  2. RF/mm-Wave FEM Applications with SOI/SiGe Processes
  3. Shattering the Fundamental Barriers in Realization of End-to-End Ultrahigh Data-Rate Transceivers: Direct (De-) Modulation in RF Domain
  4. mm-Wave CMOS Phased-Array Transceiver for 5G New Radio
  5. Integrated RFICs in mm-Wave Array Systems for 5G and Beyond
  6. mm-Wave and Terahertz Signal Generation, Amplification, and Beam Steering in Silicon
  7. Fully-Integrated 94GHz Dual-Polarized TX and RX Phased Array ICs for 3D Real-Time Radar Imaging Applications

Organizers: Jon Martens, Anritsu and Nuno Borges, Carvalho Universidade de Aveiro

Location: 156C

Abstract: As radio integration proceeds apace for 5G, satellite and other applications, over-the-air testing requirements are increasing dramatically. This workshop covers topics related to both measurement fundamentals (spatial data fusion, calibration and synchronization concerns, traceability, etc.), to the structure and measurement requirements of the subsystems being analyzed and to more advanced topics (e.g., MIMO test beds, higher order measurements such as EVM). Even simple transmission phase measurements versus position/angle can be a challenge with disjoint frequency converters and path characteristics changing over the modulation bandwidth. Nonlinear characterization (including emulated load pull) is increasingly needed for the embedded power amplifiers in these systems. Some subsystems under test may employ multibeam scanning or element-level predistortion that require additional characterization considerations. Attendees at this workshop will hear some of the latest thinking in OTA measurements and procedures and how some recent changes in integrated radio/system designs will further influence the measurement landscape.

Technical Papers

  1. Traceable mm-Wave Modulated-Signal Source for Over-The-Air Device Characterization
  2. Calibration, Synchronization and Sensitivity Topics in OTA Array Characterization
  3. Multibeam Phase-Shifter-Less Antenna Arrays and Free-Space Measurements
  4. Measurement Systems Fusion for Over-The-Air (OTA) Characterization of 5G Devices
  5. Metrological MIMO Testbeds for 5G Communications
  6. OTA Characterization of Nonlinear Transmitters Using Specially Designed Multi-Sines
  7. Over-The-Air Characterization and Prediction of Non-Linearity in mm-Wave Arrays
  8. Testing 5G PAs: from the Cable to OTA

Organizers: Cristina Andrei, Brandenburgische Technische Universität and Charles F. Campbell, Qorvo

Location: 153AB

Abstract: The goal of this full-day workshop is to address the current state-of-the-art of GaN-based RF front-ends for communication systems, with focus on the next generation of integrated one-chip solutions. In particular, the challenges related to the design requirements for system components and the hardware implementation of innovative array antennas and RF front-ends for communications up to Ka-band will be addressed. Speakers from leading companies, research institutes and academia will present several aspects related to the design of antenna arrays, switches and switch-based modules, rugged low-noise amplifiers, high power amplifiers, and novel system architectures. The talks will tackle different approaches to implement front-ends in communication systems in the microwave bands. A brief discussion will conclude the workshop summarizing the key issues addressed during the day. The attendees will be encouraged to pose questions and to discuss design issues that they may have.

Technical Papers

  1. Front-End Duplexing Solutions
  2. RF Challenges in the Design of Phased-Array Antennas for 5G and Satcom Front-Ends
  3. Properties of GaN LNAs for Front-End Applications
  4. Broadband Power Amplifier Solutions from 4 kHz to 18GHz
  5. Low-Noise mm-Wave Gallium Nitride MMICs and Transceivers
  6. From Spaceborne C-Band SAR Down to Single Chip GaN Front-Ends
  7. GaN Single-Chip Front-Ends from S-Band to mm-Waves for Space and Defense
  8. Single-Chip GaN Front-End for X-Band AESA

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