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  • Session 1: Plenary I: 5G Technologies
  • Session 1: Plenary I: 5G Technologies

    Session 1: Plenary I: 5G Technologies

    Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:30 AM - Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:30 AM

    Chair: Drew Hanser, Veeco Instruments, Inc.



    The emergence of new 5G networks and their enabling technologies is one of the most exciting and challenging opportunities for the compound semiconductor industry. The CS MANTECH 2017 opening plenary will feature four invited industry speakers identifying directions, opportunities, and challenges for 5G technologies. We will open with a talk from Skyworks Solutions, Inc. by Stephen J. Kovacic, who will examine technology directions for 5G radio frontend modules. Daniel Thomasson from Keysight Technologies will then examine how the demands of the test and measurement market provide insight into how the goals for 5G technologies can be achieved. Next, Steve Mahon from Feldman Engineering will explore how the changing 5G standard will affect RF filter technology. Lastly, Debabani Choudhury from Intel Corporation will examine technology directions for 5G communications. Following the plenary speakers, Eric Higham from Strategy Analytics will examine the prospects for 5G technologies and if they can re-invigorate growth in the compound semiconductor market.

    1.1 Technology Initiatives for 5G Radio Front-End Elements

    Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:30 AM - Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00 AM

    Indian Wells N - P

    It is difficult to overstate the importance of wireless technology in a modern society today. Rapid and globally standardized developments that permit ubiquitous access to information is transforming how we do business, work, and interact socially. Moreover, access to information has equalized opportunity, giving us the advantage of finding and working with talented individuals from almost any demographic or educational circumstance. Two of the most important and successful radio standards -- LTE (4G) and Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) have been the backbone of these societal changes. With strong business success and the insatiable demand for improved performance, our technical community is again defining and specifying the next generation of mobile radio technology and networks – 5G. An objective of this presentation will be to examine component technology platforms and how those platforms might be used in emerging 5G concepts. Methodically, this paper first reviews the RF communications market context, focusing specifically on the user equipment (UE) devices. The architecture of the RF front-end systems (RFFE) follows a contextual framework, and we can conclude that there are many technology options that might come into play for 5G enhancements to RFFE components.

    1.1 Technology Initiatives for 5G Radio Front-End Elements

    1.2 Commercialization of Millimeter-Wave Semiconductors for 5G – A Unique View from Test & Measurement

    Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00 AM - Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:30 AM

    Indian Wells N - P

    5G poses big new questions for the role of semiconductors in electronics. Exponential growth in users, data, and applications are driving wider channel bandwidths, lower latency, higher density, and greater mobility. To achieve these goals, 5G will move from RF to millimeter-wave frequencies, long the domain of aerospace and defense applications. The economics of commercial 5G will be the same as past generations – very low costs at very high volumes – thus favoring semiconductors based on silicon. On the other hand, performance goals of many millimeter-wave A/D systems favor III-V compound semiconductors. So, which technologies will play major roles in 5G? The question is unanswered today, but unique insight may be gained from test and measurement which serves both the commercial and A/D electronics markets.

    1.2 Commercialization of Millimeter-Wave Semiconductors for 5G – A Unique View from Test & Measurement

    1.3 The 5G Effect on RF Filter Technologies

    Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:30 AM - Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00 AM

    Indian Wells N - P

    A great deal is being written about the next generation mobile standards, “5G”. As with the early stages of previous generations, it is hard to clearly see the direction forward. The intersection of technological obstacles, economic realities and political forces produces a path that is not only difficult to predict but curiously interesting in retrospect. Even with this history we press on and predict – it is our way. Even with all the publications on 5G and its many technical challenges there is a dearth of information on the RF filters required. This is somewhat surprising as filters have become a major part of the radio in a mobile phone. State of the art smartphones now contain more than 60 filters and command the largest share of the RF wallet. The key starting point is the proposed new RF bands that will be used for 5G. The FCC has recently proposed band sections between 3.5-6 GHz, 27-40 GHz and 64-71 GHz. As anyone familiar with radios in these areas knows, each band commands its own set of issues and solutions. The span of filter solutions for 5G will be more diverse than in the current mobile technology bands.

    1.3 The 5G Effect on RF Filter Technologies

    1.4 Technology Candidates for Next Generation 5G Wireless Communication

    Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00 AM - Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:30 AM

    Indian Wells N - P

    Next generation wireless networks are challenged with ever-increasing user-centric demands for overall quality of service (QoS) requiring higher capacity, data-rate, energy efficiency, longer battery life and quality of experience (QOE); ubiquitous connectivity and low-cost architectures. Several emerging technologies are getting developed to achieve the desired performances from the complex multisystem 5G connectivity networks. The developing 5G technologies include but not limited to: ‘Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets)’, ‘Massive MIMO’, ‘Millimeter Wave (mmW)’, ‘Device to Device (D2D)’, ‘Machine to Machine (M2M)’, ‘Cognitive Radio (CR)’, simultaneous transmit/receive (STR) and so on. Multi-antenna based massive MIMO technologies and mm-wave architectures at the both ends of wireless links are being considered to enhance the performance of heterogeneous networks. Advancement of highly integrated RF CMOS semiconductor technologies as well as low-cost organic multilayer packaging and board integration technologies upto mm-waves are enabling complex systems and massive-MIMO architectures for next generation 5G applications. This plenary session presentation will describe candidate technologies for 5G wireless system, review semiconductor/ device/package technology options and discuss measurement challenges from device to system to OTA evaluation needed to ensure successful implementation of 5G architectures.

    1.4 Technology Candidates for Next Generation 5G Wireless Communication