Online Panel Series
Title: Online Panel: RF MEMS Switches: Ready for Prime Time
Date: January 25, 2022
Time: 8am PT / 11am ET
Sponsored by: Menlo Micro, Qorvo
RF MEMS Switches have been the technology of the future since their initial development in 1996. Finally, after 25 years, we now have multiple examples of RF MEMS switches achieving commercial success. Julio Costa, Sr. Director New Technologies at Qorvo, will share recent progress and trends in the high-volume cellular handset market and Chris Giovanniello co-founder and SVP of Worldwide Marketing at Menlo Micro, will share his insights on advances in high-power RF MEMS switch applications for high power relays, test and measurements and complex switching networks. Gabriel M. Rebeiz, Distinguished Professor at UCSD and Member of the National Academy, will share his perspective on the history of RF MEMS, the lessons learned and what it took to arrive to a reliable RF MEMS switch.
Moderator: Gabriel M. Rebeiz, Distinguished Professor at UCSD and Member of the National Academy
Panelist: Chris Giovanniello, Co-Founder, SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Menlo Micro
Panelist: Julio Costa, Senior Director, New Technologies, Qorvo
Panel Participant Bios:
Moderator – Distinguished Professor at UCSD and Member of the National Academy
Gabriel M. Rebeiz
Prof. Rebeiz is a Distinguished Professor and the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at UCSD. He is a member of the National Academy and is considered as one of the fathers of RF MEMS switches, affordable phased arrays for satellites and 5G, tunable antennas and radios for 4G/5G, and high-resolution phased-array automotive radars for collision avoidance. All LEO, MEO and GEO SATCOM user terminals and 5G base-stations use his phased-array architecture. Prof. Rebeiz won the IEEE MTT Prize three times for his work on RF MEMS and phased-arrays. He graduated 114 students and post-docs, including the CEO of Qualcomm and several VPs in the communications and defense industry.
Chris Giovanniello, Co-Founder, SVP of Worldwide Marketing
Chris has more than 20 years of experience in electronic systems and semiconductor industries.
As SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Chris oversees all aspects of technology innovation and leads product development efforts. Prior to Menlo Micro, Chris was Vice President, Business Development for GE Ventures. At GE Ventures, Chris was responsible for developing new programs and monetization strategies for key technologies developed at General Electric’s R&D center in Schenectady, NY. He employed strategies such as licensing, joint ventures, acquisitions and spinouts for programs covering wireless, semiconductor, MEMS, and thermal management technology segments.
Prior to GE, Chris served in a variety of management and leadership positions over an 18-year career at Teradyne, world leader in semiconductor test equipment. In his most recent role at Teradyne, he was responsible for building a new Services Solutions Business for Teradyne’s Global Service Organization, a full-vertical supply-chain offering targeting emerging fabless semiconductor companies. Prior to that, Chris alternated between multiple assignments in Europe, where he managed large teams of field application engineers, and management positions within Teradyne’s product development organizations, defining and developing new product roadmaps. Chris holds a BSEE from Tufts University and an Executive MBA Certificate through Teradyne's Executive Leadership Program.
Julio Costa, Senior Director, New Technologies
Julio Costa was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is currently a Senior Director of Technology Development for QORVO in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he has been since 2002 leading a group of researchers focusing on Silicon SOI and RF MEMS technologies for next generation wireless systems. He received his BSEE (1984) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his MSEE (1987) and PHD (1991) from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He worked at Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector (Freescale) from 1991 to 2001, where he worked as a researcher and technical manager in silicon and GaAs RF technology development. He worked at ON Semiconductor until 2002, where he was a Director of R&D focusing on power management technology solutions. He is the author of over 60 issued patents in the area of device and process technologies in RF, and has numerous publications and presentations.