Commercialising millimetre-wave technology

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If you are working at millimetre-wave, or thinking of working at millimetre-wave, or need more spectrum – this event is for you.

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About the event

The insatiable demand for more bandwidth means ever greater use is being made of the millimetre-wave spectrum by a wide range of applications, including 5G.

At this event we will review the commercial opportunities at millimetre-wave frequencies, what bands are available and what licensing is needed.

We will then explore some of the applications and services which are already making use of millimetre-wave. We will also review the technology challenges of these frequencies from the point of view of design tools, circuits, antennas and measurements.

If you are working at millimetre-wave, or thinking of working at millimetre-wave, or need more spectrum – this event is for you.

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Kindly sponsored by Qualcomm Technologies International

Qualcomm Technologies Inc is the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies.

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Supported by UK5G

The national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK.

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Agenda

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10:30

Registration opens

11:00

Introduction to the Radio Technology SIG

11:05

A word from our Sponsor, Jim Walsh, VP of Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies International

11:10

Howard Benn, Samsung Electronics

'5G mmWave commercial developments'

5G mmWave has been talked about for a few years now, 3GPP have completed their first release (Rel-15) of the specifications. Samsung is at the heart of these developments, having moved from trial phase to commercial deployment in both Korea and the US. This presentation will cover our recent developments and trial activities, with a focus on both the successes and the challenges we have faced so far, and those we predict will challenge the industry. It will cover a range of technologies from beam forming on the air interface to networking virtualisation.

11:40

Mark Beach, Communication Systems & Networks Research Group, University of Bristol

‘Measurements, Modelling and Testing Millimetre Wave Communication Systems’

The use of directional antenna facets, such as an antenna array and beamformer, to provide boresight gain to mitigate the additional line-of-sight path loss at millimetre wave frequencies when compared with sub-6GHz spectrum is widely accepted by those engaged in 5G R&D. Real-world channel measurements addressing diffraction and reflection of millimetre wave signals has also identified significant differences in the characteristics of these mechanisms as well as the impact of surface roughness and the electrical properties (permittivity and conductivity) of the materials within the environment. This, alongside the directional properties of the transmitting and receiving antennas selectively illuminating a specific addressed volume, thus creates a significantly different realisation of the physical processes describing the composite or joint antenna and channel model for the design of 5G systems at millimetre wave. Hence, an accurate representation of the spatial channel at millimetre wave and the support of mobility is thus essential to aid both planning and testing of devices. Further, conformance testing of products will necessitate a cost-effective means for emulating these complex mechanisms. This presentation will summarise the measurements, models and approaches taken to emulate the millimetre wave channel by researchers at the University of Bristol, UK

12:10

David Morris, EEsof Application Engineer, Keysight

'Millimetre-Wave Circuit Simulation Challenges'

This talk will outline some of the challenges associated with the simulation of millimetre wave circuit designs. Examples will be provided which demonstrate recent design flow and simulation efficiency improvements which enable easier than ever access for circuit designers (IC, Module or PCB) to electromagnetic simulation and how real circuit transceiver component models can be used to excite a patch antenna array to assess beam-steering capabilities.

12:40

Networking lunch

13:30

Liam Devlin, CEO, Plextek RFI

'The Design of a Plastic Packaged Front-end IC for mmWave 5G'

The presentation will start by reviewing semiconductor technology choices and SMT packaging options for mmWave ICs. It will then describe the development of a front-end mmWave IC containing LNA, PA, RF power detector, transmit/receive switch and associated control logic. The IC was designed for 28GHz (27.5 to 28.35GHz) time division duplex (TDD) 5G applications. It was developed on a 4V, 0.15µm enhancement mode GaAs pHEMT process and so only positive supply voltages are required. It has been packaged in a standard, low-cost 5mm x 5mm overmoulded plastic QFN package making it suitable for the high volume, low cost manufacturing. The transmit path was optimized for high efficiency when backed-off from compression to provide linear amplification and preserve modulation fidelity. When driven at 1dB gain compression it produces an output power of around 20dBm at a PAE of 20%. When backed off for linear operation, to an IMD3 point of -35dBc, the measured PAE is 6.5%. The receive path has a measured gain of 13.5dB with a noise figure of around 3.3dB from a supply current of just 10mA. The receive path also demonstrates impressive linearity of +20dBm IP3 for a modest power consumption of just 40mW. Details of the design approach, the IC layout and the incorporation of packaging parasitics to provide optimised performance of the packaged part on a representative PCB will be presented.

14:00

Paul Morris, CTO, Cambridge Communications Systems (CCS)

‘Unlicensed, unlimited: 60GHz mmWave’

In his talk Paul discuss the capabilities and target applications for 60 GHz mmWave. This draws on the experience of recent trials and deployments whilst building upon the knowledge gained from deploying live 28 GHz mesh networks.

14:30

James Henderson, Consultant, Plextek

'Design Considerations for the Realisation of Cost-Effective, High-Performance mmWave PCBs'

This presentation will discuss the design considerations necessary for the practical realisation of complex PCB designs for mmWave systems. For commercial products, designs need to be cost-effective whilst maintaining high performance at this challenging part of the radio spectrum. Combining the antenna design on the same PCB as the RF and baseband electronics offers many benefits including lower system losses, removal of interconnects and ease of manufacture. Achieving the optimal overall performance requires appropriate engineering trade-offs to meet the contrasting system requirements.

15:00

Refreshment break

15:25

Paul Holes, Field Applications Engineer, Anritsu

‘Scaling the test equipment size to match millimetre wave test needs’

The advancement of millimetre wave technology is opening the door for numerous new applications, but higher frequency transmission comes with its own challenges, like higher propagation loss and issues with measurement repeatability. This paper discusses some of these challenges and how they can be overcome.

15:55

Nicholas Waegner, Qualcomm Technologies International

‘Network Design with 5G NR mmWave for enhanced indoor experience’

Nicholas will explore in his talk new opportunities for indoor venue network design with 5G NR mmWave. The network deployment studies for venues, enterprise and industry and commercialisation of 5G NR mmWave in 2019.

16:25

Mark Barrett, CMO, Blu Wireless

‘Millimetre wave wireless for improved wireless connectivity in Transport’

This presentation will discuss recent work at Blu Wireless on exploiting the large amounts of spectrum available at millimetre wave frequencies (notably 57-71 GHz) for improved wireless connectivity for road and rail transportation. Two recent projects will be described. Firstly, how millimetre wave communications is being applied to deliver gigabit grade connectivity to trains in order to improve passenger internet-based services. Secondly, the ‘Autoair’ project, one of six DCMS funded 5G Test Bed projects, aimed at 5G connected vehicle mobility applications will be described. Here a network of millimetre wave nodes has been deployed around the two mile high speed bowl at the Millbrook proving ground to support high speed gigabit level track to car (and train) applications.

16:55

Concluding remarks and event ends

Speakers

Mark Barrett - CMO, Blu Wireless Technology

Mark is a Founder and CMO for Blu Wireless, a leading supplier of millimetre wave wireless technology and products for infrastructure applications.   He has over 35 years of experience in the wireless industry in applications including radar, satellite, cellular and consumer electronics.   This ranges from FMCW radar at W and X bands, digital beamforming for satellite and mobile communications, SoC for automotive and telecommunications and high-volume Bluetooth and cordless telephones.   In 2009 he co-founded Blu Wireless Technology and has played a key role in building the company into a recognised leader in millimetre wave wireless technology.  

Mark Beach - Professor of Radio Systems Engineering , University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Mark Beach received his PhD for research addressing the application of Smart Antenna techniques to GPS from the University of Bristol in 1989, where he subsequently joined as a member of academic staff. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He was Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2010, and then spearheaded Bristol's hosting of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications. He currently manages the delivery of the CDT in Communications, leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity, as well as his role as the School Research Impact Director. Mark's current research activities are delivered through the Communication Systems and Networks Group, forming a key component within Bristol's Smart Internet Lab. He has over 25 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put enhancement, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems underpins his current research portfolio.

Howard Benn - Head of Standards and Industrial Affairs, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

Howard started his career in the fixed telecommunication sector (Plessey) back in 1982, did his degree and PhD at Bradford University, moving into radio based communications in 1989. He started working in ETSI GSM standards committees in 1993, helping create 3GPP and chairing 3GPP RAN 4 from 1998 to 2007. He has been a board member of ETSI since 2008, a member of the ICANN Nomcom in 2013 currently advising the ICANN board on mobile technology, and a member of the Strategy Advisory Board for the UK 5G innovation centre at Surrey University. His current role is ‘Head of Standards and Industrial Affairs’ for Samsung Electronics R&D Institute in the UK, managing a team of engineers covering ETSI, 3GPP, ATSC, GSMA. His team is also very active in the EU Horizon 2020 program with a focus on the 5G PPP activities. He also sits on the UK5G government advisory committee looking at the future of communications technology in the UK

Liam Devlin - CEO, Plextek RFI

Liam is the CEO of Plextek RFI, a UK based design house specialising in the design and development of RFICs, MMICs and microwave/mm-wave modules. He has led the design and development of over 100 custom ICs on a range of GaAs and GaN processes at frequencies up to 90GHz. He has also developed microwave and mm-wave sub-systems using a variety of technologies. He was previously Chief Designer with Marconi Caswell and before that a Research Scientist at Philips Research Laboratories.

James Henderson - Consultant, Plextek

James Henderson joined Plextek as part of the radio group in 2012 following a summer internship developing RF measurement equipment during 2011. Over the past 7 years, he has been involved in the design and development of a variety of RF projects ranging from discrete VHF Radio design to mm-wave Radar systems. More recently James has specialised in the area of mm-wave circuit and antenna design for which he received Electronics Weekly’s BrightSparks award in 2018. He founded and chairs the mmWave Specialist Interest Group at Plextek to focus on combining different technologies to enable further development in this rapidly emerging area. James studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University, graduating from the Masters degree course with first class honours and being awarded the David Goodison Prize for the best final year project with an environmental theme.

Paul Holes - Applications Engineer, Anritsu

Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in the test and measurement industries, beginning his career via apprenticeship at Marconi Instruments, and working for Hewlett-Packard (Keysight) before joining Anritsu in 1992 as a VNA Field Support engineer until becoming an RF and Microwave Field Application Engineer in 1999. Specialises in VNA and Spectrum Analysis applications, but covering the full genre of RF and Microwave Test and Measurement equipment across the Northern EMEA region within the Engineering and Technology Team.

Paul Morris - CTO, Independent

Paul is highly successful in taking new technologies to market in startups, scale ups and large organisations.   He has significant experience leading multi-disciplined teams in engineering and product management in a wide range of technologies including 5G mmWave, Bluetooth, IoT, NFC, GPS, DECT, 3G and semiconductors.  He's held various senior management positions most recently at CCS, Qualcomm and CSR.  He is a CW SIG Champion for the Engineering Trust SIG, has a First Class BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering and is an author of multiple patents.

David Morris - EEsof Application Engineer, Keysight Technologies

Dave started his career in 1985 as a Microwave Development Engineer with Ferranti Electronics where he was responsible for the design and development of a number of microwave circuits and sub-systems for application in Satellite Communications Systems, LOS Radio Systems, Radar Systems and EW Systems. He joined Hewlett-Packard in 1997 and has held several positions within the Application Engineering team specializing in Keysight’s high frequency & high speed Design & Simulation Tools.

Nick Waegner - Senior Director, Qualcomm Technologies International

Nicholas Waegner is Senior Director, Program Management and leads Qualcomm Engineering Services Group in Europe which supports operators and enterprises in the evaluation, design and deployment of mobile networks. He has held program, project and product management roles over 25 years in the wireless semiconductor, embedded software and mobile phone industries.

James Walsh - VP of Engineering , Qualcomm Technologies International

Jim walsh is VP, Engineering at Qualcomm and is responsible for New Product Introduction (NPI) of Connectivity Soc’s. He has over 30 years’ experience in Semiconductor NPI and has worked for multinational companies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany. He holds a BSc and MBA and is also a patent holder.

SIG Champions

Mark Beach - Professor of Radio Systems Engineering , University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Mark Beach received his PhD for research addressing the application of Smart Antenna techniques to GPS from the University of Bristol in 1989, where he subsequently joined as a member of academic staff. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He was Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2010, and then spearheaded Bristol's hosting of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications. He currently manages the delivery of the CDT in Communications, leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity, as well as his role as the School Research Impact Director. Mark's current research activities are delivered through the Communication Systems and Networks Group, forming a key component within Bristol's Smart Internet Lab. He has over 25 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put enhancement, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems underpins his current research portfolio.

Brian Collins - Managing Consultant, BSC Associates

Brian has designed antennas for applications including radio and TV broadcasting, base stations, handsets and consumer products, and has operated his own consultancy firm for the last 12 years. He has published more than 70 papers on antenna topics and contributed chapters to several recent textbooks. He operates a small consultancy company, chairs the Antenna Interface Standards Group and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

Peter Relph - Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Peter Relph has worked in the wireless industry for 30 years and spent the last 22 years as a radio systems engineer with PA Consulting Group. He originally graduated from UCL in Electronics with Optoelectronics and since then has decreased his operating frequency, working on mm-wave radar systems at Philips Research, then a broad range of industries and applications with PA. His recent focus has been on cellular systems wider experience with satellite, Wifi, modern IoT and bespoke communications systems. Professional interests range from propagation modelling, RF system design and physical layer processing.

Vidhya Sridhar - Consultant, TTP plc

Vidhya Sridhar is a consultant at The Technology Partnership (TTP) Plc. She has a background in digital signal processing and physical layer design and development. In her PhD at Imperial College London, she carried out research on array signal processing techniques with applications in 5G and defence. Prior to her PhD, she spent three years working on physical layer design and development in LTE and WiMAX at Broadcom (India) and Alcatel Lucent (India) respectively.

Peter Topham - Principal Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies International

Peter has more than 30 years experience of RF and high-speed circuit design, taking chips into production ranging from FM Band II through cellular, Bluetooth and on to UWB at 10GHz. He has been with Qualcomm for 7 years, specialising in low-power RF design for portable and wearable products.

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