Osama Shana’a
RFIC 2022 General Chair
MediaTek Inc., USA

Donald Y.C. Lie
RFIC 2022 Technical Program Chair
Texas Tech University, USA

Danilo Manstretta
RFIC 2022 Technical Program Vice-Chair
University of Pavia, Italy

The IEEE RFIC Symposium (RFIC) is the premier annual forum focused exclusively on presenting the latest research results in RF, mmWave and wireless ICs. RFIC is part of the International Microwave Symposium Week (IMS), the world’s largest RF & microwave technical convention.

RFIC 2022 will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, Colo. starting on Sunday, 19 June 2022 and lasting through Tuesday, 21 June 2022. The RFIC and IMS2022 Organization understands that everyone is concerned with the situation regarding COVID-19. Our primary concern is for the health and welfare of all the attendees, staff and workers involved in IMS2022 week. We will be following the guidelines/mandates set forth by the IEEE and the Denver and Colorado Governments.

We are quite excited to see a very healthy RFIC paper submission this year, which has rebounded back to the pre-pandemic level and with a 47 percent increase from 2021. The technical papers will be presented through parallel sessions on both Monday and Tuesday. Our sessions will include topics spanning from highly integrated wireless systems-on-chip and low-power radios to detailed publications on new power amplifiers (PAs), voltage-controlled oscillators and front-end circuitry. As the 5G market heats up, increasingly more mmWave content is being published at RFIC, as well as sub-THz papers targeting the future 6G.

Continuing in 2022, the RFIC Symposium has an expanded scope that includes RF systems and applications related to novel applications of RFICs at the systems level. This is reflecting the fact that more research challenges are being addressed at higher levels through new architectures, usage models, calibration techniques and integration approaches.

The 2022 RFIC Symposium will feature a rich educational and workshop program on Sunday, 19 June 2022, with 13 RFIC focused workshops and one technical lecture. The RFIC workshops cover a wide range of advanced topics in RFIC technology, which are as follows:

  • Digitally Intensive PAs and Transmitters for RF Communications
  • mmWave and THz Systems for Near-Field Imaging, Spectroscopy and Radar Sensing Applications
  • Wideband and High Efficiency mmWave CMOS PA Design for 5G and Beyond
  • Human Body Communications
  • Recent Developments in Sub-6 GHz PAs and Front-End Modules
  • mmWave Design Challenges and Solutions for 6G Wireless Communications
  • Wireless Proximity Communication
  • Toward Tbps Optical and Wireline Transceivers: a Tutorial for RFIC Designers
  • System Design Considerations for Advanced Radios
  • Advanced Interference Mitigation in Integrated Wireless Transceivers
  • Large-Scale Antenna Arrays: Circuits, Architectures and Algorithms
  • Micro and Nano technologies challenges to address 6G Key Performance Indicators
  • Emerging Low-Temperature/Cryogenic Microwave Techniques and Technologies for Quantum Information Processing.

Also, RFIC 2022 will feature an excellent one and a half hour short course, which we call a “Technical Lecture,” delivered by a world-renowned educator, during lunchtime on Sunday. For 2022, Prof. Asad Abidi from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineers, will teach “Fundamentals of Noise and Understanding its Effects on RFICs.” This lecture should be instructive and beneficial for newcomers and practicing designers alike.

Following the full day of Sunday workshops, the RFIC Plenary Session will be held in the evening beginning with conference highlights and the presentation of the Student/Industry Best Paper Awards. The 2022 RFIC Plenary Session will conclude with two visionary plenary talks:

Dr. Curtis Ling, co-founder and chief technology officer, MaxLinear, will share his vision for the future of RFIC in his talk “The Future of RFIC is Digital.” The talk provides a historical perspective and examines the evolution and current state of communication systems-on-chips, highlighting the role of digitally enabled analog. The talk then speculates about where this might take us.

Prof. Sorin Voinigescu, The Stanley Ho Chair of Microelectronics, the director of the VLSI Research Group and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, will deliver his vision on breaking the speed limits of RFIC in his talk “RFICs into the roaring 20’s: Hot and Cold.” The talk gives a look ahead to the challenges and research problems RFIC designers will have to address through the end of the decade, a breadth of addressing the power/speed limitations of future circuits and provides possible solutions to the future extremely high-data rate circuits.

Immediately after the plenary session, the RFIC reception and symposium showcase will follow, with highlights from our industry showcase and student paper finalists in an engaging social and technical evening event supported by the RFIC 2022 Symposium corporate sponsors. In addition, some authors, especially system and application papers, will demo their work in a lab-like environment for more close-up discussion and interaction. You will not want to miss the 2022 RFIC reception!

On Monday and Tuesday, RFIC will have multiple tracks of oral technical paper sessions. On Tuesday, there will be a joint panel with IMS on which panelists will discuss the topic of “The race to the next-G: ride the mmWave or wave Goodbye?” This will provide an interesting and provocative debate related to the proper technology for beyond 5G, and on whether mmWave would dominate and perhaps lead to THz, or if the world will continue to largely invest in sub-10 GHz bands.

On Monday, panelists will debate the topic “Industry vs. Academia: who is leading whom?” As we are seeing more professors quitting academia to start companies, while industry leads are becoming adjunct faculty to teach classes in universities. Furthermore, with the lack of university access to very expensive but most advanced process nodes, such as 7 or 5 nm, the state-of-the-art and technical breakthroughs in some areas are starting to come from the industry instead of from academia. We expect an interesting debate on the future of RFIC education, research and support model.

RFIC 2022 and IMS2022 have many educational and professional development opportunities for students. New in 2022, we will have two hand-crafted student events scheduled on Tuesday. The first event is called “Student-Industry CHIPs,” in which students can meet industry experts and learn technology trends in the field. The other event is called “Student Entrepreneurship Forum,” in which students can learn from successful entrepreneurs the art of founding successful RFIC startups. Additionally, RFIC will once again conduct a contest to select the top student papers from the symposium. These top papers will be featured at our Sunday Symposium Showcase. All RFIC authors will have the opportunity to apply for and participate in the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) program.

On behalf of the RFIC Steering and Executive Committees, we welcome you to join us at the 2022 RFIC Symposium in Denver, Colo.