KEYNOTE TALK 1:

5G Evolution and Beyond

Christopher Hull, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR, USA.

Abstract: Advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) where things and devices are becoming more intelligent and connected requires networks to become faster, smarter, and more agile to handle the unprecedented increase in volume and complexity of data traffic. The 5G era is upon us, ushering in new opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity landscape. It is transformative and presents an inflection point not only due to major improvements required over 4G/LTE data rates, throughput, and capacity, but also is the first wireless protocol to address the inclusion of massive number of the machines/things in the network some of which require lower latencies and higher reliability. This talk will highlight the technology innovations required to make 5G and beyond a reality.

Speaker's Bio: Christopher Hull received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. He joined Rockwell Semiconductor Systems in Newport Beach, CA in 1992. In 1998 Chris joined Silicon Wave in San Diego, California. In 2001, Chris joined Innocomm Wireless, which was subsequently acquired by National Semiconductor. In May 2003, Chris joined the Wireless Networking Group of Intel in San Diego, California. In June 2005, Chris moved to Intel Hillsboro Oregon. In 2013, Chris spent one year on an international assignment in Munich, Germany to work closely with his colleges from Intel Mobile Communications on 4G cellular transceivers. Since May 2015, Chris has been working as Director and Senior Principal Engineer for Intel Labs. .

KEYNOTE TALK 2:

5G Radio: A Perspective on Silicon Technologies and Solutions

Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Globalfoundries, CA, USA.

Abstract: 5G, the next generation cellular standard will cover different usage scenarios like enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable, low latency communication (uRLLC) and low power massive machine-to-machine communication (mMTC). The radio access technologies for these usage scenarios have different requirements and pose different challenges in terms of hardware implementation. The talk will focus on some of the hardware implementation challenges for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) radio highlighting different architecture options, key figures of merits and how different silicon technologies can address those challenges to make an efficient 5G user equipment and base station radio a reality at both sub 6GHz and mmWave.

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay is the Director, RF Strategic Applications & Business Development within GLOBALFOUNDRIES, USA. Anirban’s current activity is focused on hardware architecture & technology evaluations and business development for different RF and mmWave applications. Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, he was with IBM Microelectronics, New York and with Intel, California where he led teams in different areas like RF Design Enablement, Silicon Photonics, signal integrity in RF & Mixed signal SOC’s. Dr. Bandyopadhyay did his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India and Post-Doctoral research at Nortel, Canada and at Oregon State University, USA. He represents Global Foundries in different industry consortia on RF/mmWave applications and is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Devices Society.

KEYNOTE TALK 3:

ComSenTer: Pushing Frequency, Bandwidth, and Spectral Efficiency by 10X Cubed for mm-Wave and Terahertz Arrays for Communication and Imaging Applications

Ali M. Niknejad, UC Berkeley, CA, USA.

Abstract: The ultimate goal of the ComSenTer is to demonstrate record wireless transfer speeds, record high resolution mm-wave/THz imaging, and record distance and energy efficient mm-wave and THz links. These core technologies will enable a new breed of ubiquitous devices (both mobile and fixed) that will autonomously discover each other to form a hierarchical mesh network and support end-to-end connectivity without the need to tap into a physical fiber optic infrastructure. Moving to higher carrier frequencies allows arrays with thousands of elements to fit into relatively compact form factors. We envision a system that can simultaneously handle thousands of wireless beams using spatial multiplexing and interference cancellation, with peak data rates up to 100 Gb/s per stream. Such a platform would be handling an aggregate data rate as high as > 10 Tb/s and lead to profound impacts in the capability of wireless networks for communication, imaging, and sensing. In comparison with projected 5G systems, our research aims to push the theoretical limits in terms of not only the bandwidth, but critically, the number of simultaneous beams. Dramatically expanding the number of beams is crucial to enabling the future vision of ubiquitously deployed devices that are able to seamless connect and communicate with each other (without being limited by interference), and represents a unique future direction for this center as compared to other on-going industrial as well as academic research. Two key testbeds will be highlighted that will be used to demonstrate the core technology.

Speaker's Bio: Ali M. Niknejad received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 and 2000, where he is currently a professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley and a faculty director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the associate director of the ComSenTer, a multi-university center for converged terahertz communications and sensing. Prof. Niknejad and his co-authors received the 2017 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Darlington Best Paper Award, the 2017 Most Frequently Cited Paper Award (2010-2016) at the Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and the CICC 2015 Best Invited Paper Award. Prof. Niknejad is the recipient of the 2012 ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award, the co-recipient of the 2013 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper, the 2010 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper, and the co-recipient of the Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2004. He is a co-founder of LifeSignals and inventor of the REACH(™)technology, which has the potential to deliver robust wireless solutions to the healthcare industry, and co-founder of RF Pixels, a 5G technology startup.

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE:

5G and the Rise of Directive Communications: THE END OF THE MARCONI ERA IS NEAR

Gabriel M. Rebeiz, UC San Diego, CA, USA.

Abstract: During the past 50 years, phased-arrays have being largely developed for the defense sector. Today, due to the increased demand for data, there is a need for base-station and mobile-user phased-arrays which can provide high-capacity data services through directional links. Both digital-beamforming at the element level (sub-6 GHz) and hybrid (i.e. analog/digital) beamforming for the mm-waves bands are being developed for 5G systems. These commercial investments are leading to dramatic changes in phased-arrays: High-EIRP high-performance systems at 12, 14 GHz and 28 GHz (SATCOM), X/Ku-band (Radars), 24-30 GHz, 37-42 GHz and even 60 GHz (all for 5G), and with multiple beams, are now available at low cost. The single most important aspect of these arrays is their use of advanced silicon technologies and planar antennas for dramatically lowering the development and unit cost. Also, new ways of doing complete BIST (built-in-self-test) is lowering the cost of phased-array test. The talk will summarize the work in this area, and present a roadmap for the future to further lowering the cost of phased-arrays.

Speaker's Bio: Prof. Gabriel M. Rebeiz is a Member of the National Academy, Distinguished Professor and the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He is an IEEE Fellow, and is the recipient of the IEEE Daniel E. Nobel Medal, the IEEE MTT Microwave Prize (2000 and 2014), the IEEE MTT 2010 Distinguished Educator Award and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation 2011 John D. Kraus Antenna Award. His group has lead the development of complex RFICs for phased array applications from X-band to W-band, culminating recently in wafer-scale integration with high-efficiency on-chip antennas. His phased array work is now used by most companies developing complex communication and radar systems. He has graduated nearly 100 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.