The 10th European Microwave Week in Munich, Germany, in October commemorated and celebrated the past, while looking forward and heralding the future. To mark its first decade, EuMW lauded the RF and microwave industry’s camaraderie, endeavour and achievements, while focussing on the efforts needed to further technological and commercial development and take the industry forward. The Week benefited from the globalisation of the RF and microwave industry with the US, Asia and Eastern European states having an increasingly significant presence and influence on both the conference content and participation in the European Microwave Exhibition.
As an international showcase for leading manufacturers in the RF, microwave, integrated circuit, wireless and radar industries, EuMW provided an invaluable and dynamic platform for the presentation and introduction of the latest technological developments and a forum for discussing current trends and exchanging scientific and technical information.
The European Microwave Conference marked its third visit to Munich with 66 regular oral sessions, 22 of which were joint sessions with the associated conferences, EuMIC, ECWT and EuRAD. This large number was a particular aim, in accordance with the EuMW concept of integrating the four conferences and uniting their respective communities. In addition, there were three poster sessions and various workshops designed to encourage technical exchanges on specific topics in the microwave arena.
Like EuMW, the European Conference on Wireless Technology celebrated its 10th anniversary. Over that period it has established itself as the premier European forum for wireless technology. This technology was once synonymous with mobile phone systems but has developed beyond that in recent years, with advances in technology being the enabling force behind many innovations in communications using microwave and mm-wave signals. This year’s conference grew to accommodate these new concepts within the framework of a top class technical programme. Importantly, joint sessions with the EuMC and EuMIC gave delegates an intensive update on the latest developments.
The technical programme for the 2007 European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference included more than 100 technical papers spanning more than 20 sessions. Demonstrating the conference’s global appeal it included contributions from all over the world, particularly the Far East. A significant number of sessions were joint sessions with EuMC and ECWT. The programme featured two invited talks in the plenary session, several workshops and short courses, and was completed by the now traditional Foundry Round Table Discussions.
The 4th European Radar Conference consisted of 65 oral presentations arranged over 18 sessions, along with 17 poster papers. Contributions came from authors from around the world, covering a wide range of topics from broadband radar, sophisticated radar signal and data processing, including STAP to SAR interferometry and imaging, both from a scientific as well as from an application-related perspective. A special attraction was the focused sessions, which were on the topics of millimetre-wave imaging, communication by radar, broadband radar and short-range automotive sensing.
The 10th European Microwave Week would not have been such a success without the support and encouragement of commercial sponsors. Through continued support many have become synonymous with the event and are expected features. That is the case with Platinum Sponsors Agilent whose contribution to the Week and particularly the Welcome Reception has made it a social highlight. Rohde & Schwarz sponsored the registration where visitors collected delegate bags courtesy of Ansoft. WIN Semiconductors provided the badge cords and Mician the visitor bags. The very welcome coffee breaks were sponsored by Mimix Broadband, EADS, Rohde & Schwarz and Microwave Marketing, while the ever popular Cyber Café sponsored by CST provided that essential link with the outside world. In the real café area EADS provided the delegate lunch boxes.
From 26 to 31 October 2008 European Microwave Week will return to its origins and the RAI Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the venue of the very first EuMW in 1998. When the city last paid host to the event in 2004 the European Radar Conference was launched. This event has gone from strength to strength and sits well with the other three conferences. Just like the industry it represents EuMW adapts and evolves to encompass new technologies. In 2008 the subject areas covered will include microwave and opto-electronic devices and circuits, packaging and interconnects, antennas, propagation and EMI, radar, sensors and wireless technologies, measurement and instrumentation, and telecommunication, transportation and medical systems. Indeed the Week promises to be as diverse as Amsterdam itself. It is the ideal city for mixing business with pleasure and every effort is being made to make it a memorable event. The Call for Papers has gone out, so if you would like to contribute or find out more about EuMW 2008 visit: www.eumweek.com.