Kevin Kobayashi

Albert Wang

Bertan Bakkaloglu

We invite you to participate in the 2015 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium in Phoenix, Ariz., May 17-19, 2015. RFIC Symposium is the premier IC design conference focused exclusively on the latest developments in RF, microwave and millimeter wave integrated circuit technology, and high frequency analog/mixed-signal design and innovation.

RFIC Symposium, the International Microwave Symposium (IMS), ARFTG and the IMS industry exhibition make up “Microwave Week,” the largest worldwide RF/microwave event of the year. Come to Microwave Week to learn from the world’s experts through a wide variety of technical sessions, interactive forums, panel sessions, workshops, short courses, industrial exhibits, application seminars and historical exhibits. Share your knowledge with others by presenting your latest results. Expand your network. Catch up with old friends and colleagues. Return home invigorated with new ideas and enthusiasm.

RFIC Symposium will continue to offer a number of initiatives specifically geared towards the RFIC industry. The two-page industry brief format, which was introduced in 2015, allows the latest state-of-the-art RF IC design results to be presented, without requiring die photos and detailed schematics (as required in full-length, four-page, submissions), and will be continued in 2015. The most innovative and highly-rated industrial papers, both two- and four-page, will be invited to present a poster (and optional demo) at a special Industry Showcase Session to be held during the popular evening RFIC Reception on Sunday, May 17. As a new initiative in 2015, there will be a Best Industry Paper Award that will be selected from the industry showcase papers and presented during the RFIC Plenary Session.

To enhance academic submission experiences, all of the RFIC student paper finalists will now receive complimentary RFIC registration. In addition, the lead authors of the top three student papers will receive a $500 honorarium along with special recognition at the RFIC Plenary Session, where these awards will be announced. Students can also volunteer to help with RFIC (and/or IMS) conference logistics in exchange for complimentary conference registration, meals, t-shirts and other benefits. First and second-year RFIC Ph.D. students may also participate in the Ph.D. Student Sponsorship Initiative Program, joint with IMS. This program, established and sponsored by the
MTT-S administrative committee, aims to engage these Ph.D. students in the conference by having them complete technical assignments during the conference and report on them later in the week. Sponsorship includes complimentary conference registrations (RFIC and IMS), lodging and meals.

The Plenary Session will be held Sunday evening at the Phoenix Convention Center. It will begin with conference highlights, followed by the presentation of the Student Paper Awards and the inaugural Industry Best Paper Award. The Plenary continues with two outstanding keynote talks, given by two renowned leaders in the RF/microwave community. The first speaker is Prof. Siegel of Jet Propulsion Laboratories who founded and led the Submillimeter Wave Advanced Technology (SWAT) Research center for 25 years. His talk is entitled “From THz Imaging to Millimeter Wave Stimulation of Neurons: Is There a Killer Application for High Frequency RF in the Medical Community?” The second speaker is Dr. Hermann Eul, corporate vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group at Intel Corp. Dr. Eul leads a worldwide organization focused on the development of hardware, software and connectivity ingredients for phones, tablets, UltrabookTM and other mobile devices as well as complete system solutions. The title of his talk will be “RF as the Differentiator.” Be sure not to miss these engaging presentations!

Immediately following the Plenary Session is the Industry Showcase Session embedded in the RFIC Reception, providing a mix of “hot chips” and cold drinks. You won’t want to miss the RFIC Reception!

The conference lineup will include one half-day workshop and 10 full-day workshops, six of which will be co-sponsored by IMS. One additional RFIC and four additional joint RFIC/IMS workshops will be held on Monday. RFIC and RFIC/IMS joint workshops cover a wide array of topics with presentations from experts in their respective fields, and historically have been highly attended and well received. This year’s workshops cover some of the hottest topics in RFIC designs. A number of workshops focus on power amplifier (PA) and high efficient transmitter design, including “Digital and Analog Techniques for Power-Efficiency Enhancement in Wireless Transmitters,” “Mixed-Signal Power Amplifiers and RF-DAC,” and “Application of Waveform Engineering in Design of High Power Doherty PAs.” Two workshops focus on improving radio performance in the ever crowding spectrum, “RF Interference Mitigation Techniques” and “Tunable RF Filtering and Matching for Compact Antenna Interface; Technologies for Tunable and Reconfigurable RF/Microwave Filters.” One workshop covers frequency generation, “Highly Efficient RF Frequency Generation in Nanometer CMOS Technologies.” Topics covering next generation mmWave applications and design include “Next Generation 77 to 81 GHz Automotive Radars,” “mmWave to THz, Which Applications with Which Technology,” “Terahertz-Wave Wireless Communications, Enabling 5G mmWave Circuits and Systems,” “Towards 5G: MIMO and Beamforming Techniques,” and “Emerging and Silicon Technologies for Bio-sensing from RF to mmWave Frequencies.” On the device and packaging side, topics cover “Nanopackaging: Multifunctional Nanomaterials and Devices towards 3D System Miniaturization,” “Performance Metrics for mmWave Devices,” and “Circuits from the Perspective of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).” A new topic added this year, covers “Multi-Gbps Wireline Transceivers: Inching Closer to RF/mmWave IC Domain.” Another new topic covers the increasing applications of the Internet of Things (IoT), “Micro and Nanowatt Smart RF Transceiver ICs for Internet of Things.”

Technical papers will be presented during oral sessions throughout Monday and Tuesday mornings, followed by the RFIC Interactive Forum Tuesday afternoon. The Interactive Forum features papers presented in poster format, giving the attendees a chance to speak directly with the authors.

The conference will feature Panel Sessions during lunchtime on Monday and Tuesday. We have two “sizzling” topics this year that are sure to spark lively debates among the panelists and audience. The first RFIC Panel Session is entitled “Research is Expensive, But Innovation Sells” and will debate the intricacies of how to successfully (or not!) conduct research in the industry, manage cost and resources, deal with the treacherous path from innovation to product, survive commoditization and succeed in IP protection. Directors and VPs from some of the most prestigious industry research labs in the world will share their views and opinions with the audience. The second Panel Session is entitled “Internet of Things: Hype or Boom to Come?” This panel brings together experts from across a wide range of industries, discussing the end user benefits, market opportunities, technical challenges and projected solutions for devices supporting Internet of  Things (IoT). Will IoT be just an evolution of current connected devices or a real revolution? Come to the panel session to find out!

Phoenix offers a unique and exciting experience for everyone. Phoenix is America’s fifth largest city in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, and is the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Phoenix offers a spectrum encompassing red-rock buttes and urban sophistication. The Heard Museum features Native American art and culture and the Phoenix Art Museum houses more than 17,000 works of classic and modern art. The artistic tapestry in Phoenix includes Native American, Hispanic, African and Asian influences. There are three mountains around Phoenix that provide the opportunity for hiking, biking and climbing. Horseback riding and water recreation are also popular.

On behalf of the entire RFIC Steering Committee, we would like to extend you all a warm welcome to the 2015 RFIC Symposium. We are looking forward to an exciting program and hope you can join us in Phoenix, Ariz.!

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