Commercialising millimetre-wave technology

Brought to you by The Radio Technology Group

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

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

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

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

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

16:25

Mark Barrett, CMO, Blu Wireless

16:55

Concluding remarks and event ends

Speakers

Mark Barrett - CMO, Blu 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 & Industrial Affairs, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

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

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.

David Morris - EEsof Application Engineer, Keysight Technologies

Paul Morris - CTO, Cambridge Communication Systems, CTO, CCS

Paul Morris (CEng) is CTO at Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) which is leading the development of self-organising wireless mesh networks at 60GHz. He specialises in taking new technologies from inception all the way through to market particularly in the fields of wireless, security and IoT. He's been at the forefront of the digital wireless revolution over the last 25 years most recently at Qualcomm and CSR. He has a First Class Degree in Electronic Engineering and is an inventor of multiple patents.

Nick Waegner

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 - Director, 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.

Diego Giancola - Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Diego has spent his career in radio systems R&D and modem design in the wireless communication sector, from 2G to the latest 4G evolutions. His research interests lie in multi-antenna systems and novel signal processing and architectures for radio signals. He currently co-runs PA's signal processing team and leads the research activities in LTE evolution and 5G landscaping. Diego has a first degree in telecommunication engineering and a doctorate in electronics and communication engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

Vidhya Sridhar - Consultant, TTP Group

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 - Prinicipal 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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Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., Churchill House, Cambridge Business Park, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 OWZ

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