Albert Wang

RFIC 2016 will continue to offer a number of initiatives: The two-page industry brief format, allowing the latest state-of-the-art RF IC design results to be presented without requiring die photos and detailed schematics, will continue in 2016. The popular Industry Showcase Session, featuring 13 poster presentations (some have demos) of the most innovative and highly-rated industrial papers (both two- and four-page), will be the highlight during the RFIC Reception Sunday evening. This year, the Industry Showcase will be held jointly with the Interactive Forum (IF) Session, featuring 11 papers during the RFIC Reception, which will offer attendees an enhanced interactive experience in a relaxed environment. To improve academic submissions, all of the RFIC student paper finalists will receive complementary RFIC registration. Students may volunteer to help with RFIC (and/or IMS) conference logistics in exchange for complementary conference registration, meals, T-shirts and other benefits. The joint RFIC/IMS Ph.D. Student Sponsorship Initiative Program will continue to involve selected first and second-year Ph.D. students to complete technical assignments during the conference in exchange for complementary conference registrations, lodging and meals.

The RFIC 2016 will open on Sunday, May 22, with 11 workshops (four full-day and seven half-day), seven of which will be joint RFIC/IMS workshops. These workshops cover a wide range of topics including: “Phased Arrays for Handsets and Cellular/Integrated Circuit, System and Antenna Realization of Millimeter-wave Front-ends for 5G Radios,” “Highly Efficient 5G PA Design,” “How mmWave Systems Reshape the Future of Telecom and Sensing Applications,” “Circuit Techniques and System Architectures for Carrier Aggregation and Multi-Band Radios,” “Calibration and Correction Techniques for CMOS Radios,” “Enhanced IC Design and Waveform Control Techniques for Wireless Power Transfer, Energy Harvesting, and RFIDs,” “Frequency Synthesizers of Multi-Band, Multi-Standard Radios and Internet of Things (IoT),” “RF/Analog IC Design Challenges in Advanced CMOS Technology,” “High-Efficiency Broadband Multimode Multi Standards Amplifier Design, High Efficiency Transmitters,” “Millimeter-Wave Electronics: From Applications to Manufacturing,” and “e-Health: Implantable Systems and Communications in the Human Body.”

The Plenary Session will be held Sunday evening beginning with conference highlights, followed by the presentation of the Student Paper Awards and the Industry Best Paper Award. The Plenary continues with two outstanding keynote talks by Craig Barratt, senior vice president of Google Access, discussing “Innovations for Enabling Scalable Wireless Capacity,” and K. Lawrence Loh, corporate senior vice president of MediaTek Inc., discussing “RFIC Under Big Digital Semiconductor Companies: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Immediately following the Plenary Session is the joint Industry Showcase Session and Interactive Session embedded in the RFIC Reception, providing a mixed experience of “hot chips” with cold drinks. You will not want to miss the RFIC Reception!

Technical papers will be presented during oral sessions throughout Monday and on Tuesday morning. Two Panel Sessions will be featured during lunchtime on both Monday and Tuesday. The two “controversial” panel topics will be “Bio-electronics: No Silicon in My Body!” and “Patents – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Make sure to bring your own “controversial” opinions to the panels. On behalf of the RFIC 2016, we cordially invite all of you to attend the 2016 RFIC Symposium.  We are looking forward to an exciting program and hope you can join us in San Francisco!