Designing Next-Gen Cellular and Wi-Fi Switches Using RF SOI Technology

  • Date:  May 12, 2016
  • Event Time: 8am PT/ 11am ET

Webinar Overview

The RF switch provides a critical function within the wireless front-end module (FEM) of cellular and Wi-Fi communication systems. 

This webinar will examine how the FEM has evolved to set today’s RF switch requirements. Various ways of designing RF switches using CMOS technology will be discussed, along with the benefits of using SOI with CMOS. The webinar will include a review of key switch figures of merit (FOMs) and best practices for evaluating the trade-offs inherent in all switch-based technologies.


  • The FEM and role of the switch within
  • Today’s FEM switch specifications
  • Switching function using CMOS FETs
  • Key switch FOMs
  • Design strategies
  • Simulation and measurement

Presenter Bio:
Randy Wolf is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at GlobalFoundries. He joined GlobalFoundries in 2015 with the acquisition of IBM Microelectronics, where he was a senior engineer working on the development of RF test and IC circuits. Randy’s test circuit experience includes high frequency synthesizers, digitizers, power detectors, filters, mixers, amplifiers, ADCs and DACs. He has also developed IC benchmark circuits for wireless communications: switches, power amplifier cells, low noise amplifiers, negative charge pumps and logic control. 

Randy has 22 U.S. patents and holds a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University and a master’s from the University of Massachusetts, all with a focus on microwave systems, electronics and digital communications. 

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