EuMW 2015 Defense Forum

Wednesday, 9 September, 10:50 – 18:45
Room Maillot, Palais Des Congrès, Paris

Maintained interest in the subject and the enthusiastic way that the EuMW Defence, Security and Space Forum has been embraced
since its inception in 2010 has prompted the joint organisers, the European Microwave Association (EuMA) and Microwave Journal,
to continue EuMW’s coverage of the defence, security and space sector. Each year the Forum focuses on a specifi c area where there is particular interest and activity. In 2015 the emphasis will be on RF systems and technology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), covering specifi cs such as: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for UAVs, ESM and EW for UAVs, operational use of integrated RF systems for UAVs, along with Airborne SARs.

The 2015 EuMW Defence, Security and Space Forum will feature executives from industry, academia, the military and from space agencies. It will be held in combination with the opening of EuRAD and will conclude with a round-table discussion. You can register via the EuMW 2015 registration system at Registration fees are €10 for those who have registered for a conference and €50 for those not registered for a conference. 

10:50h - 12:30h EuRAD Opening Session

12:40h - 13:40h Strategy Analytics Lunch & Learn

13:50h - 15:30h Microwave Journal Industry Panel Session

Rohde & Schwarz: Flexible RF Signal Generation and Wideband Analysis for Testing Future Unmanned Vehicle Sensors

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Abstract: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information as well as force protection or special operations. The most common way to fulfill these missions’, is with the use of communications and electro-optical or infrared sensors. Other UAVs, such as tactical ones, also use Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors, which provide information about the electromagnetic environment and image like data even through clouds, smoke, dust or foliage.

Sensor specifications are the main cost driver: sensors must be reliable, supportable and have reduced SWaP-C2 (Size Weight and Power, Cooling and Cost) with increasing technical performance and be able to operate in unknown RF signal environments and capture high resolution images by using a wide signal bandwidth. These demands are the cause for challenges in research, development and in the testing of these sensor platforms.

This presentation therefore addresses the needs of research, development and maintainer of future electronic support measurement and synthetic aperture radar systems on UAVs. It describes phase coherent signal generation possibilities, wideband signal analysis and introduces a new standard to generate flexible RF signals to test and verify unmanned platform ESM and SAR sensors in difficult RF environments.

Presenter: Dr. Steffen Heuel, Technology Management Aerospace & Defence, Test & Measurement

Bio: Dr. Steffen Heuel is technology manager in the Test and Measurement Division of Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, with focus on aerospace and defense. His responsibilities include strategic marketing and product portfolio development regarding radar test and measurement. Steffen joined Rohde & Schwarz in 2013. Prior to this, he worked at Hamburg University of Technology researching in radar for pedestrian protection for use in automotive safety applications. He holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Siegen, Germany, and a PhD from Hamburg University of Technology, Germany.

Peregrine Semiconductor: How Intelligent Integration Improves Antenna Resolution and Allows Rapid Array Re-configuration in SAR and AESA Systems

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Abstract: Greater accuracy and faster array re-configuration bring tangible benefits to SAR and AESA systems employed in UAVs, including improved accuracy and target tracking, lower power consumption and jamming suppression through side-lobe cancellation. Key to achieving this performance will be more intelligent arrays where more of the array configuration is delegated to the gain and phase shifter elements, and increasing the accuracy of these elements.

This session will explore how UltraCMOS® technology and Intelligent Integration allows memory elements to be added to traditional core chips to allow pre-loading of configurations that can be automatically cycled at high speed, and how digital capability can allow higher gain and phase resolution without degradation of signal power or linearity.

Presenter: Andrew Christie, Technical Marketing Manager, Peregrine Semiconductor

Bio: Andrew Christie is the technical marketing manager at Peregrine Semiconductor, a leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF solutions. A 20-year RF industry veteran, Christie has held a variety of engineering management roles at companies including Sarantel, RFMD and Tait Electronics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from University of Canterbury. Christie is based out of Peregrine Semiconductor’s European office in the United Kingdom.

Qorvo, Inc.: How improvement in GaN technology and device packaging leads to smaller, higher performance RF systems for UAVs

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Abstract: Greater attention is being paid to GaN and device packaging techniques for smaller, higher performance RF systems in UAVs. New developments in RF systems technology such as lightweight MMICs and transistors, packaging and thermal improvements are enabling designers to develop more powerful and efficient UAVs. 

Presenter: Roger Hall, General Manager Defense & Aerospace

Bio: Roger Hall is the General Manager of Defense and Aerospace at Qorvo, Inc., and leads Program Management and Applications Engineering organizations in addition to the overall business for these markets. Prior to joining Qorvo (formerly TriQuint Semiconductor), Roger Hall held senior positions at Raytheon, Honeywell International/Allied Signal. In this roles, Roger oversaw defense and aerospace organizations in support of domestic and international customers. These roles focused on development and production of product portfolios.  Roger received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University as well as an MBA from the University of Arizona. 

Analog Devices: The Analog vs. Digital Conundrum: Mixed Signal Integration Solutions and Challenges for Unmanned Systems

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Abstract: Future unmanned systems are looking to integrate ever more sensors and utilize more complex payloads. From advanced radar detection and electronic warfare payloads to active collision avoidance, imaging and advanced communication systems, future platforms will be increasingly more autonomous and provide ever greater bandwidths of data for analysis.  However, the limitations posed by size, weight and power constraints continuously challenge the signal architectures to optimize performance, yet provide sufficient flexibility to meet these system needs.  In addition, the continued drive to ever smaller unmanned systems compounds the problem further.

Key to meeting this challenge will be optimizing the mixed-signal integration and determining the partitions between performing functions in analog vs. digital and utilizing the most appropriate technology. Using radar and communications signal chains as examples, this presentation will examine some of the tradeoffs in this area, looking at smart partitioning options for trading power and flexibility as well as how CMOS and SiGe technology have the potential to provide higher levels of integration to meet these future challenges.

Speaker:  Duncan Bosworth, Director of Marketing and Applications, Aerospace and Defense Business Unit at Analog Devices


Bio:  Duncan Bosworth serves as the Director of Marketing and Applications for the Aerospace and Defense Business Unit at Analog Devices. Prior to joining ADI, he held senior defense-focused engineering roles for over 17 years. Duncan received his M.Eng. from University of York, U.K., in 2001 and is a U.K. chartered engineer.

16:10h - 17:50h EuMW Defence & Security

18:00h - 18:45h Cocktail Reception

You can register via the EuMW 2015 registration system at Registration fees are €10 for those who have registered for a conference and €50 for those not registered for a conference.