Technical Education Webinar Series
Title: Optimizing RF Signal Paths in mmWave Applications
Date: March 10, 2021
Time: 8am PT / 11am ET
Sponsored by: Samtec, Otava, and Avnet
Presented by: Steve Fireman, Senior VP of Engineering, Otava, Luc Langlois, Director, Products & Emerging Technologies, Avnet and Matt Burns, Technical Marketing Manager, Samtec
From SATCOM and Electronic Warfare (EW) to 5G NR, Radar and RF instrumentation, new and emerging applications are driving the need for optimizing the RF signal path and increased spectral efficiency through advanced phased-array processing. Increased system bandwidth combines multiple simultaneous beams and low latency with decreasing size, weight, power and cost. In this webinar, technical experts from Otava, Avnet and Samtec will discuss bleeding edge beamformer technology and Precision RF interconnect while introducing new evaluation and development platforms that shorten development cycles.
Steve Fireman co-founded Otava, Inc., a 5G millimeter wave startup company based in Moorestown, NJ in December of 2017. Since then, he has been designing state of the art RFICs and hardware for phased arrays, targeting commercial and DoD applications. Prior to co-founding Otava, he worked at Lockheed Martin and his projects encompassed narrow and wideband designs ranging from DC to millimeter wave frequencies in the areas of Beamforming, Receivers, and Transmitters. Steve was one of the early members of Lockheed’s RFIC group in Moorestown, NJ and helped establish and advance their capability in custom IC design. He held a variety of technical and leadership positions in electronic warfare (EW), space, and radar applications, developing architectures and circuits, while leading cross-functional teams of RF, Analog, and Digital engineers. Mr. Fireman holds a BSEE (’05) and a MSEE (’09) from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
Luc F. Langlois is director of Products & Emerging Technology at Avnet, a leading technology solutions provider in 25 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. Present activities focus on Xilinx RFSoC-based development platforms for digital signal processing in wireless communication, SatCom, radar and RF instrumentation. He received his BSEE from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1990 and also holds a B.Mus in music performance from Université de Montréal. He began his career at the Hydro Québec Research Institute, numerical analysis group, designing power system models and load flow study tools back when Fortran-77 was state of the art. He was an independent engineering consultant during the Internet boom, focusing on digital audio before joining Memec-InSight as a Xilinx field applications engineer in 2000.
Matt Burns develops go-to-market strategies for Samtec’s Silicon-to-Silicon high-performance interconnect solutions. For more than 20 years, he has been a leader in design, technical sales and marketing in the telecommunications, medical and electronic components industries. Mr. Burns holds a BSEE (’99) from Penn State University. He has done graduate work in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
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