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Online Panel: UWB Location and Security Applications


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9/8/22 11:00 am to 12:15 pm EDT

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Online Panel Series

Title: Online Panel: UWB Location and Security Applications

Date: September 8, 2022

Time: 8am PT / 11am ET

Sponsored by: Qovro, FiRa, NXP Semiconductors and LitePoint

This panel will discuss the upcoming UWB capabilities being added to mobile devices that will enable new location and security applications including how UWB devices are being designed and tested to meet these new capabilities. New applications that sense a person’s position and automatically adjust and secure their environment will be discussed.

Moderator: Chris Taylor, Director, RF & Wireless Components, Strategy Analytics
Panelist: Luc Darmon, Senior Director of UWB Secure Transactions, Qorvo
Panelist: Charlie Zhang, Board Chair, FiRa Consortium
Panelist: Dimitri Warnez, Senior Director UWB Mobile & IoT, NXP Semiconductors
Panelist: Adam Smith, Director of Marketing, San Jose, USA, LitePoint

Panel Participant Bios:

Moderator – Strategy Analytics

Chris Taylor, Director, RF & Wireless Components

Christopher Taylor, Director, RF & Wireless Components, is responsible for managing radio frequency and wireless component activities within the Strategic Technologies Practice. His experience includes 15 years in the semiconductor industry working for companies making digital, mixed-signal, and RF components for handsets, LANs and WLANs, computers, and other electronic systems. Chris holds an MS degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, an MS in Physics from Ohio State University, and a BS in Physics from Pennsylvania State University.


Luc Darmon, Senior Director of UWB Secure Transactions

Luc Darmon is Senior Director of UWB Secure Transactions at Qorvo, based in Toulouse, France. In this role, he leads the global team working to provide solutions to customers around the mobile UWB ecosystem. He also serves as a board member with both the FiRa consortium and the UWB Alliance.


Charlie Zhang, Board Chair of the FiRa Consortium

Charlie Jianzhong Zhang is SVP and head of the Standards and Mobility Innovation Team at Samsung Research America, where he leads research, prototyping, and standards for 5G/6G and future multimedia networks. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Board with FiRa Consortium, which is dedicated to the development of seamless user experiences using the secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities of interoperable UWB technologies. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Vice Chairman of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO, CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE.

NXP Semiconductors

Dimitri Warnez, Senior Director UWB Mobile & IoT

Dimitri Warnez has dedicated his expertise to the enablement of secure services in mobile devices. Starting his career as engineer at Philipps, he later held several product management roles at NXP. Dimitri played a foundational role in driving mobile payments from concept to reality based on secure NFC solutions. Ss Senior Director for UWB Mobile and IoT solutions at NXP, he committed to expand the mobile wallet by Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology to enable richer use experiences and secure services between mobile phones and the net of IoT devices they interact with.


Adam Smith, Director of Marketing, San Jose, USA

Adam Smith is the Director of Marketing at LitePoint and a 20-year veteran of the RF industry, with expertise in semiconductor and system level test strategies for cellular and connectivity technologies. A member of the LitePoint team since 2012, Adam’s knowledge and experience has been instrumental in driving product strategy for LitePoint test solutions.