In its fifth year, EDI CON China 2017 will take place April 25-27, at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing in Shanghai, China. This year’s event promises to bring its renowned learning and training opportunities to engineers in the Shanghai area, while offering a show floor of exhibitors demonstrating the latest in RF, microwave and high-speed digital products and services during the three days of the conference. 

As the new technical program director for EDI CON China 2017, I am responsible for programming the conference sessions, workshops and plenary talks for this year’s event. The technical program features sessions selected from abstracts submitted through our Call for Papers process. In addition to my work on EDI CON China, I am also event director for EDI CON USA and a contributing editor to Microwave Journal, Microwave Journal China, and the new Signal Integrity Journal. I look forward to seeing you in Shanghai. Here are some highlights of what we have planned:

Day one of the conference will begin with in-depth technical workshops followed by the opening plenary session. The keynote speaker will be Peter Rabbeni, senior director, RF BU business development and product marketing at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Recognized as a global thought leader in semiconductor technologies, Rabbeni will bring his insights to bear on the latest developments in semiconductor technology and how they can support the latest design needs and market trends for RF and high-speed digital applications. The plenary session will also feature insightful talks from representatives of Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz and National Instruments. Keysight’s Satish Dhanasekaran, general manager & vice president, wireless devices & operators industry solutions, will specifically address design challenges in deploying mmWave frequencies for commercial use.

The afternoon will provide simultaneous technical presentations from different technical tracks, allowing attendees to specialize in their conference experience and ask industry experts specific questions. Planned tracks for this year’s event include: RF & Microwave Design, High-Speed Digital Design, Measurement & Modeling, Systems Engineering, 5G Advanced Communications, EMC/EMI, IoT Design, Radar Communications and Semiconductors. After a tea break on the exhibition floor, the conference day will end with in-depth training in 40-minute workshops followed by a welcome reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. sponsored by Keysight Technologies. Days two and three of the conference will also include in-depth technical workshops and technical sessions.

Current workshop sponsors include: CST, Focus Microwaves, Keysight Technologies, Maury Microwave China, Mini-Circuits, National Instruments, Richardson RFPD, Rohde & Schwarz (China) Technology Co. Ltd., Sichuan YiFeng Electronic Science & Technology Co. Ltd., Xiamen San’an Integrated Circuit Company Ltd. and Ampleon.

EDI CON China 2017 will also feature panel discussions that focus on critical industry topics. This year’s planned panels include, “Which Technology is Better for the First 5G Systems: Massive MIMO sub-6 GHz or mmWaves?” Moderated by Microwave Journal editor Patrick Hindle, this panel will compare the advantages and disadvantages of massive MIMO sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G next generation cellular systems. Attend this event to hear what panel experts think are the advantages and disadvantages of each system. At the end of the session, the audience will vote for which technology will be used first.

Another panel, “Trends in Mobile Infrastructure,” moderated by Microwave Journal technical editor Gary Lerude, will explore the impact of the latest mobile network protocols on the base station transmitter, including inroads by GaN vs. LDMOS and which flavor of GaN is winning (silicon or SiC).

In a special session, the RF Energy Alliance’s Klaus Werner will speak on “Solid-State RF Energy in 2017: The Volume Breakthrough Is Finally There, Is It Not?,” followed by a panel of industry leaders for discussion and questions regarding RF energy.

EDI CON China 2017 will once again partner with the China Radar Industry Association (CRIA) Conference. This successful partnership began at EDI CON China 2016, and continues with specialized radar technical sessions over the three days of the conference. In addition, EDI CON China 2017 is partnering with Universal Prosperity Exhibition & Convention (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (UPEC) to present an EMC Forum with presentations across all three days, focusing on medical, automotive and EMC technology topics.

This year EDI CON China 2017 will also host two 5-hour training sessions from the American Certification Body (ACB) Inc.  The training will provide education for Chinese test engineers, R&D personnel as well as certification/regulatory professionals in the wireless/RF and EMC industries. Day one will be 5-hour regulatory training focused on basic knowledge of FCC/ISED/CE rules and current updates to the regulations. Day two will be a 5-hour session on iNARTE EMC training, providing EMC fundamentals to help attendees prepare for the
iNARTE EMC exam. All of these special partner programs are available in the EDI CON China 2017 registration portal.

We have a great deal of technical information and training planned for you in Shanghai this April, as well as exciting demonstrations and new products on the exhibition floor. Registration is open, and hotels are now available. We look forward to seeing you in

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