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Attending the Conference

January 31, 2006
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The inaugural IEEE MTT-S Radio and Wireless Symposium will be held in conjunction with the 6th Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic ICs, the IEEE Topical Workshop on Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications and the Radio and Wireless Exhibition. All of the technical meetings and the exhibition will be held in Halls G and H and associated meeting rooms at the San Diego Convention Center, West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA. On-site registration will open at noon, Saturday, January 14, 2006. The technical program for RWS includes 157 papers, five workshops, two short courses, two panel sessions and a rump session. A short course will be held on Saturday, followed by workshops on Sunday and Monday, RWS technical sessions on Tuesday through Thursday and a final short course on Friday. The exhibition will open on Tuesday and run until Thursday mid-afternoon. In addition, the Power Amplifier Workshop meeting will be held on Monday before the RWS sessions. The Silicon RF IC meetings will start on Wednesday and continue through Friday. A full program is available at www.radiowireless.org or you can request a printed copy via e-mail at kdednah@mwjournal.com.

Travel to San Diego

The San Diego airport (Lindberg Field) is served by over 25 domestic and international airlines. The airport is only a short distance from the convention center. Average taxi fare is less than $10.00 and is charged by the ride, not by the passenger. Major rental car companies are available at the airport. Shuttle services are also available and many of the hotels offer complimentary shuttles. Amtrak provides rail service from Los Angeles with continuing service to Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Phone 800-USA-RAIL or e-mail: service@sales.amtrak.com.

Hotels

While there are many nearby hotels, there are three hotels with convention rates. The headquarters hotel is the Marriott Hotel and Marina, located next to the convention center. The nearest hotel to Halls G and H is the Omni San Diego, directly across the street. The Embassy Suites San Diego – Downtown is a short distance away. For on-line booking information, go to www.radiowireless.org and click on “Hotel Information.” Transportation from the hotels will not be provided. The hotels on W. Harbor Drive are within walking distance. The downtown hotels are served by a light rail trolley that stops in front of the convention center.

Social Highlights

The Microwave Journal/MTT-S reception will be held Sunday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the convention center. Everyone is invited at no charge. The PA Workshop reception and banquet will be held Monday night at the Marriott. Tickets are required. On Wednesday evening, the Industry Hosted Reception will be held at the Marriott from 5:45 to 7:15 pm followed by the RWS Banquet. The reception is open to everyone. Beverage tickets for the reception will be included in the delegate bags. Banquet tickets must be purchased. The Silicon RF Reception and Banquet will be held Thursday evening at the Marriott. Tickets are required.

Plenary Session

The Plenary Session will be held on Tuesday morning starting at 8:45 am. After welcoming remarks from Fred Schindler, general chairman, and Mohammad Madihian, technical program chairman, the plenary session presentation “Broadband Wireless” will be given by Dr. Andrew Viterbi. Dr. Viterbi has a long record as a distinguished educator and entrepreneur. He was co-founder of Linkabit and later QUALCOMM. He is retired as vice-chairman and chief technical officer of QUALCOMM and is currently president of the Viterbi Group, a technical advisory and investment company. His principal research contribution, the Viterbi Algorithm, is used in most digital cellular phones and digital satellite receivers. He is credited with establishing CDMA as the technology of choice for wireless communications. He holds six honorary degrees and more awards than we have room to list here.

Exhibition

The Radio and Wireless Exhibition will feature new products and services for wireless design engineers from principle suppliers in the industry, including devices, components, materials, test equipment, software, subsystems and systems. The exhibition is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in exhibition halls G and H on the street level of the convention center. Please note that children under the age of 14 will not be admitted to the exhibition halls at any time.

Cyber Cafes

Both wireless and wired cyber cafes will be available in the building.

General Information

There will be an information booth in the registration area as well as an IEEE MTT-S membership booth.

Free coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available in the refreshment area on the exhibition floor.

IEEE policy prohibits recruiting of attendees during the symposium. Exhibitors may not post information on job opportunities or recruit for prospective employees.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building.

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