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Online Panel - Balancing Tradeoffs: Taming Signal Integrity Challenges in mmWave Antenna-to-Bits Implementations


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12/14/23 11:00 am to 12:15 pm EDT

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Title: Online Panel - Balancing Tradeoffs: Taming Signal Integrity Challenges in mmWave Antenna-to-Bits Implementations

Date: December 14, 2023

Time: 8am PT / 11am ET

Sponsored by: Samtec, Avnet, MathWorks, Otava, Inc. and Rohde & Schwarz

A collaboration between Samtec, Rohde & Schwarz, MathWorks, Otava, and Avnet covering a wideband mmWave phased array from digital to RF. Each company is providing part of the total system solution including baseband DSP and DFE (Avnet), mmWave beamforming (Otava), board connectors/signal integrity (Samtec), phased array design (MathWorks) and test/measurement (R&S). Learn how this total solution comes together in this webinar.
Moderator: Pat Hindle, Media Director, Microwave Journal®
Panelist: Matthew Burns, Global Director, Technical Marketing, Samtec
Panelist: Luc Langlois, Director, Advanced Applications Group / 5G, Avnet
Panelist: Giorgia Zucchelli, Product Manager RF & Mixed-Signal, MathWorks
Panelist: Leopold Pellon, R&D Director and Technical Sr. Fellow, Otava, Inc.
Panelist: Markus Lörner, Market Segment Manager, RF & Microwave Components, Rohde & Schwarz

Panel Participant Bios:

Moderator – Microwave Journal®

Pat Hindle, Media Director

Pat Hindle is media director for Microwave Journal® and has been with the magazine for 12 years. He parlayed his process engineering background into a management role in marketing communications for several leading microwave semiconductor manufacturers including MACOM, Raytheon and Skyworks (Alpha Industries), in addition to working at MIT Nanostructures Laboratory manufacturing X-ray diffraction gratings for space research telescopes like Chandra. He has a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from Northeastern University. In his current role as MWJ editorial director, he is responsible for setting MWJ’s editorial direction and developing marketing opportunities for industry clients. He has been the conference manager for EDI CON China and helped launch Signal Integrity™ Journal plus co-hosts the Frequency Matters videos and podcasts.


Matthew Burns, Global Director, Technical Marketing

Matthew Burns develops go-to-market strategies for Samtec’s Silicon to Silicon solutions. Over the course of 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 B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University.


Luc Langlois, Director, Advanced Applications Group / 5G

Luc F. Langlois is a director of Advanced Applications Group / 5G 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.


Giorgia Zucchelli, Product Manager RF & Mixed-Signal

Giorgia Zucchelli is the product manager for RF and mixed-signal at MathWorks. Before moving to this role in 2013, she was an application engineer focusing on signal processing and communications systems and specializing in analog simulation. Before joining MathWorks in 2009, Giorgia worked at NXP Semiconductors and at Philips Research. Giorgia has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in electronics for telecommunications from the University of Bologna.

Otava, Inc.

Leopold Pellon, R&D Director and Technical Sr. Fellow

Leopold Pellon is a leading developer and researcher in the field of RF sensor systems, advanced components, and subsystems with an emphasis on innovative mixed signal microsystems. He combines his knowledge of signal processing, RF design, antennas and electromagnetics to formulate novel solutions to difficult RF sensor problems for radar, EW, Communications, and multifunction systems. Mr. Pellon has been recognized for his technical achievements which include receiver/exciter developments, ultra-high dynamic range receivers, direct RF sampling low noise figure Sigma-delta ADC based receivers, low phase noise oscillator and synthesizers, advanced wideband antenna arrays, nonlinear and adaptive analog/RF signal processing, digital signal processing, analog/digital and hybrid beamforming architectures, and complex simultaneous transmit and receiver (STAR) devices and systems. He has captured and led 18 Contract Research and Development (CRAD) Programs totaling $85M based on his innovations at agencies such as DARPA, ONR, AFRL, and NRO. While at Lockheed Martin, he was named inventor of the year 4 times and received multiple excellence and 4 President’s awards. He was one of the first Senior Fellows at Lockheed Martin. He has been honored twice at DARPA office for his technical achievements. He has 38 years of experience in advanced research and development spanning semiconductors, optics, radar, EW and communications, and brings unique perspectives and discriminators to his innovations. He also has many years of experience as a leader and mentor and is known for effective capture and execution of new business in advanced microsystems. At Otava, he will be heading up development of new discriminating array technologies. He holds 16 US patents and has published 10 papers. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rohde & Schwarz

Markus Lörner, Market Segment Manager, RF & Microwave Components

Markus Lörner is a Market Segment Manager at Rohde & Schwarz focusing on the RF and Microwave Component market looking at the test requirements today and tomorrow. Markus has 20 years plus experience in the test & measurement industry. Before moving into the market segment role, Markus worked as a product manager for signal generators and power meters at Rohde & Schwarz where he was looking at different application areas including the mobile industry, positioning, satellite and EW applications. He received his Dipl.-Ing. degree from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

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