• Next-Generation Acoustic Technologies for 5G: This focus session examines the challenges our community faces in addressing the requirements of wider bandwidths and higher carrier frequencies for 5G wireless communications, in particular in power amplifiers and filters. Despite the rapid advances in surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies, keeping up with the changes in wireless standards is proving challenging. In addition to high frequencies of operation and wideband filters, other 5G enabler technologies such as carrier aggregation and MIMO will be addressed in this focus session.
  • Thermoacoustic Imaging - Listening to the Sound of RF and Microwave: This focus session delves into the interactions of RF/microwave waves and ultrasound to achieve deep spectroscopic contrast with high resolution in deep biological tissues. Important advances in thermoacoustic imaging, including magnetically mediated imaging using magnetic coils, spectroscopic imaging and communication in water, ultra-high resolution imaging with impulse microwave excitation, as well as X-ray and electric field induced imaging will be reviewed. By bridging the two different worlds of ultrasonic detection and thermoelastic wave induction and propagation, thermoacoustic imaging is pushing the limits in the boundary of interdisciplinary domains.

2019 RFIC Symposium

Stefano Pellerano, Intel;
Waleed Khalil, The Ohio State University; and Brian Floyd, North Carolina State University

The 2019 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) will be held in Boston from Sunday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 4. The RFIC Symposium is the premier integrated circuit (IC) design conference focused exclusively on the latest advances in RF, microwave and mmWave IC technologies and designs, as well as innovations in high frequency analog/mixed-signal ICs. For 2019, the conference will also extend its focus to emerging circuit technologies related to RFIC, such as RF circuits and systems incorporating MEMS sensors and actuators, heterogeneous and 3D ICs, silicon photonics, quantum computing ICs, hardware security and machine learning applications, wearable and implantable systems, biomedical applications and autonomous systems like automotive and drones. We cordially invite you to participate in this international symposium.

For 2019, RFIC is promoting a new educational experience for the attendees: a “Technical Lecture” comprising a one and a half hour interactive short course delivered by a distinguished speaker during lunchtime on Sunday, between the AM and PM workshop sessions. For 2019, Prof. Ali Niknejad from University of California, Berkeley, will teach “Fundamentals of mmWave IC Design in CMOS.” Do not forget to register in advance since we expect a very high attendance and seats will be limited to the first 250 participants.

To encourage student attendance, IMS2019 is offering deep registration discounts and numerous benefits for student volunteers who are IEEE members and willing to help with conference activities. For more details, visit https://ims-ieee.org/students-main/student-volunteers.

The 2019 RFIC Symposium will begin on Sunday with 12 RFIC-focused workshops (11 full-day and one half-day) and one technical lecture. In addition, there will be several joint RFIC/IMS workshops on Sunday and Monday. These workshops cover a wide range of advanced topics in RFIC technology and IC design, including power amplifiers, 5G systems, silicon photonics, quantum computing and hardware security.

Following the full day of Sunday workshops, the RFIC Plenary Session will be held in the evening beginning with conference highlights, the presentation of the Student Paper Awards and the Industry Best Paper Award.

The 2019 RFIC Plenary Session will conclude with two visionary plenary talks:

  • Dr. Greg Henderson, senior vice president, Automotive, Communications and Aerospace/Defense at Analog Devices, will outline “The Digital Future of RFICs,” describing how digitally-assisted-and-enabled RFICs are enabling the future of wireless sensing and communications with real world examples for applications like 5G and automotive radar.
  • Dr. Ir. Michael Peeters, program director, Connectivity and Humanized Technology at imec, will address the question “Do the networks of the future care about the materials of the past?” and take a look at how the latest requirements for RFIC circuit design, new network capacity, reliability and latency can drive technology choices for the next 10 years.

Immediately after the plenary session, the RFIC reception will follow, with highlights from our industry showcase and student paper finalists in an engaging social and technical evening event supported by the RFIC Symposium corporate sponsors.

On Monday and Tuesday, the RFIC Symposium will have multiple tracks of oral technical paper sessions. The 5G Summit technical sessions on Tuesday afternoon will provide high-level 5G overview presentations that will complement the 5G-focused RFIC technical sessions on Tuesday morning. Two enlightening panels will be featured during lunchtime on both days. The Monday panel session titled “The Internet of Things (IoT) – Back to the Future, or No Future?” will feature experts from the industry and academia pondering on how the future IoT market will be affected by the accelerated introduction of 5G and the developments in “big data” and artificial intelligence (AI). The Tuesday joint panel session with IMS2019 is titled “Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Take Away My Job as an RF/Analog Designer?” and our distinguished panelists from the academia, CAD/EDA and RF industries will debate on what we may expect to see in the future and how we should prepare ourselves for the inevitable realities. Please make sure to bring your engaging opinions and questions to both panel sessions.

Boston Harbor (Source: MCAA).

ARFTG at Microwave Week

Ron Ginley, NIST

ARFTG covers anything related to RF/microwave and mmWave measurements. Originally ARFTG was a user’s forum for the early vector network analyzers (VNA). It has grown to encompass all aspects of precision microwave measurements. The most important part of the ARFTG experience is the opportunity to interact one-on-one with colleagues, experts and suppliers of the RF and microwave test and measurement community. Interesting topics include high-throughput production or one-of-a-kind metrology measurements, complex systems or simple circuit modeling, small-signal S-parameter or large-signal non-linear measurements, phase noise or noise figure, DC or lightwave - there is something for everyone.

There is always ample opportunity at ARFTG conferences for detailed technical discussions with others facing similar test & measurement challenges. ARFTG also hosts a supplier exhibit focused on the measurement industry in a more relaxed setting. Given the informal and friendly atmosphere, members of ARFTG often find these interactions are their best source of ideas and information for their current projects.

Zakim Bridge (Source: MCAA).

There are several ways you can interact with ARFTG people at the International Microwave Week. ARFTG co-sponsors two workshops during the Week. For IMS2019, these workshops will take place on Monday and are titled “Measurement Challenges in Over-The-Air (OTA) Testing” and “Measurement and Design Techniques for Next-Generation Communication Systems.” ARFTG hosts a couple of user forums that are open to all. For IMS2019, there will be a Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer Users’ Forum that discusses the latest techniques and theories for nonlinear measurements and an On-Wafer Users’ Forum which deals with issues related to high frequency on-wafer measurement techniques and theory. Finally, there is the main one-day ARFTG conference, where oral technical sessions are done in a single-track format. There are extended breaks that combine exhibits and an interactive forum to aid networking with vendors and among colleagues. All of these activities are great ways to learn about microwave measurements and interact with others in the field.

If you have interest in measurements from 1 kHz to 1 THz and beyond, be sure to add the ARFTG 2019 Conference to your plans in Boston this June. You will find our atmosphere informal and friendly, which enhances interactions and provides opportunities for you to learn new ideas and to discuss your own ideas with colleagues.

5G Summit Highlights Recent Microwave Hardware Developments

Andrew Zai, Raytheon

Paul Revere Statue (Source: MCAA).

The 5G Summit is a special co-organized event between IEEE ComSoc and MTT-S that will be open to all IEEE, IMS and RFIC attendees for a nominal cost. It consists of a half-day of invited talks from industry speakers, as well as an evening panel session. The Summit is strategically scheduled to occur on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4. It begins immediately following the lunchtime RFIC panel session, so that there is no overlap with the RFIC conference and the IMS2019 5G sessions taking place on Wednesday morning. Any attendee who wants to drink from the 5G firehose with viewpoints from MTT-S, RFIC and ComSoc can register for sessions spanning Sunday through Wednesday.

The 5G Summit has invited speakers from Qualcomm, Analog Devices, MACOM, Anokiwave, China Mobile and PHAZR. Qualcomm will talk about how 5G New Radio (NR) incorporates mmWave and massive MIMO to increase user experience. Analog Devices will educate attendees on the challenges and the evolution of technologies to address them, enabling the future bits-to-beams mmWave radios. MACOM will speak about the active work occurring in sub-6 GHz array development, and the associated challenges. Anokiwave will be discussing development efforts in mmWave phased arrays. China Mobile will give insight into how the international community is leading and participating in the development of 5G technology. Finally, PHAZR, recently acquired by JMA Wireless, will tell attendees about the cutting edge 5G innovations coming out of the startup community.

In addition to the invited speakers, the Summit will continue the popular 5G demos launched at IMS2018. This demonstration format complements the 5G lectures to show the latest hardware and software utilized in the real world to address 5G related design and measurement techniques. Take advantage of this informal and interactive learning opportunity by attending the 5G demos at IMS2019.

In a field moving this quickly, participating in events like this is the only way to stay informed. Be sure to register or buy a Superpass, as it is the best way to learn the latest in microwave development for 5G. As a bonus, the event will be holding a panel session during our industry-sponsored cocktail hour, comprised of our speakers and other invited panelists. Together they will help to answer the question, “How can we make 5G commercially viable?”

All of the chairs of the IMS2019 conferences welcome everyone to Boston for the International Microwave Week activities.