Welcome to the 2006 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium and the weeklong MTT Wireless event. We have planned the symposium and the overall event to give you the opportunity to learn about the latest in wireless systems, technologies, components, implementations, products and tools in a single week and in a pleasant locale.

The IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS) continues the evolution of the successful Radio and Wireless Conference (RAWCON). RWS brings together a unique mix of communications systems and RF implementations via invited and contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops and short courses. For the first time, the RWS is collocated with two other complementary conferences. The IEEE Topical Workshop on Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications (PA Workshop) has been bringing leading RF power amplifier engineers together for many years, and continues in that tradition. The Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems (SiRF) continues to present the latest in silicon RF technologies and applications. I encourage you to take advantage of all three conferences. We have provided a convenient passport registration system that allows you to register for all three conferences at a discount.

In addition to the conferences, we have a commercial exhibition operating Tuesday through Thursday. It is open to all technical attendees to all three conferences, as well as to exhibit-only registrants. The exhibition offers you the opportunity to efficiently update yourself on the latest offerings in the marketplace — equipment, components, systems and subsystems, tools and software. I always find the information gleaned in the exhibition to be as valuable as the content in the sessions. We also thank the exhibitors for providing refreshments throughout the week, and a reception on Wednesday evening.

Special Features

The technical programs for the RWS, PAW and SiRF are all very strong. The programs have the sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. There are a few items in the program that I would like to highlight:

• Dr. Andrew Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm and developer of the Viterbi Algorithm, will be our featured Plenary Session speaker on Tuesday morning. We are very pleased that he will be sharing with us his thoughts on broadband wireless. Note that the Plenary Session is open to all attendees, including all three conferences and exhibits.

• The featured speech at our banquet on Wednesday evening will also be very interesting. Jane Zweig, CEO of the Shosteck Group, a leading analyst firm in wireless and communication technologies, will give a talk entitled “Blurring Boundaries — Sorting Out the Future of Wireless Communications.” Tickets for the banquet are available at a modest cost to all attendees and their guests for a modest fee through the RWS registration system.

• Dr. Steve Cripps will give a half-day Short Course on “RF Power Amplifiers: New Thoughts on an Old Subject.”

• Dr. Hans Schantz will give a half-day Short Course on “Application of UWB Antennas in Wireless Systems.”

We are also pleased with this year’s conference site. San Diego is a hotbed of wireless communications research and development. It is also an attractive locale and an appealing destination in the January timeframe. Plan to spend a few extra days to take in the sites, and bring along a guest to share them with.

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego!


2006 IEEE MTT-S RWS Exhibitor Showcase (PDF)