Advanced Smartphone RF Front Ends
for Non-Contiguous Band Combinations

Hosted by:

Sony Mobile
Sony Mobile

Plus Tour: Sony Design Centre

When

June 17-19, 2013

Where

Elite Hotel Ideon

Lund, Sweden

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Register

Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to Portable & Mobile Thrust or Full IWPC Members


Confirmed Carriers

AT&T
Fox Networks
Sprint
TeliaSonera
Telus
Hutchinson
Vodafone

Confirmed Speakers and Panel Members

Aalborg University
Altair Semiconductor
Anite
Avago Technologies
BlackBerry
Bluetest
Cavendish Kinetics
DelfMEMS
Ethertronics
GCT Semiconductor
Intel
K&L Microwave
Mediatek
Murata
ON Semiconductor
Sequans
SkyCross
Sony Mobile
Spirent
ST-Ericsson
WiSpry

Workshop Goals

This workshop will bring together subject matter experts from throughout the mobile device ecosystem from Mobile Operators and Smartphone OEMs through Chipset, Antenna and RF Front End Technology innovators to Advanced Materials vendors. We will discuss and debate the evolution of mobile device radios to support future LTE applications and services.

Goals include:

  • Identify reasonable RF requirements and performance trade offs
  • Provide component solutions for extensive and flexible RF integration
  • Improve digital control and algorithms of RF transceiver and components
  • Harmonize cellular and Wi-Fi co-existence

Agenda

DAY 1 June 17

Monday

2:00 PM

Tour Registration: Sony Design Centre

 

Hotel

2:45 PM

Tour: Sony Design Centre

 

Transportation provided from/to hotel.

7:00 PM

Social and Networking

Reception and Registration

 

Hotel

DAY 2 June 18

Tuesday

7:00 AM

Networking Breakfast and Continued Registration

Hotel

 

8:00 AM

Opening Remarks and Self-Introductions

Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and show how they can contribute to this process.

IWPC

 

9:00 AM

Host Keynote Opening Remarks and Presentation

  • Objectives for the Workshop
  • Assessing RF Front End Challenges for Smartphones
  • Advanced RF Front End Drivers
    • Band Expansion
    • Carrier Aggregation
    • Wi-Fi Integration
    • Active Antenna Tuning and Switching
    • 2x4 and 4x4 MIMO (4 UE Rx)
    • Form Factor Demands and Impact
  • Designing the RF Front End of the Future

Challenges and Future Directions of Advanced Smartphone RF Front Ends

Head of Network Technology Lab

 

Sony Mobile

10:00 AM

Networking Break

 

10:40 AM

Mobile Operator Perspectives

  • Local and Global Roaming Band Requirements
  • Carrier Aggregation Scenarios
  • Exploring Performance, Cost and Size Requirements, Challenges, Tradeoffs and Opportunities

Operator View on LTE Carrier Aggregation

Senior R&D Expert Wireless

 

TeliaSonera

 

Band and Carrier Aggregation Demands

Senior Radio Planning Engineer

 

Hutchinson

 

What Next? New Mobile Bands in Europe

Chief Engineer

 

Vodafone

 

12:40 PM

Networking Lunch

 

1:40 PM

Platform/Transceiver Perspectives

  • Assessing Multi-Band and RF Performance Aspects of Platform Design
  • Exploring Band Combinations vs. Size/Cost
  • Balancing Port Count vs. RF Front End Footprint (i.e. Switches, LNAs)
  • Analog/Digital BB
    • Advanced Low Power ADC/DAC
    • Multiple Band Simultaneous Synthesis
    • Carrier Aggregation - Inter/Intra Band
      • Dual Diversity Dual Band Rx
      • Multiple Path Support (How Many Paths)
  • Tradeoff Considerations - Number of Global Bands vs. Size/Cost
  • Will High and Low Band Port Increases Impact RF Front-End Size?
  • If Fewer Ports, Will Extra RF Components (i.e. Switches, LNAs) Impact Size, Cost?
  • Future Investigation Areas for RF Component Development

Receiver

  • Diplexers/Duplexers - Single Structure Tunable - Multi-Band, Bandwidth, Rejections
  • Mode Selectable Rx Paths - CA, Div, MIMO, Multi-Channel (2 to 4)

Transmitter

  • Switches - (MEMs, Ohmic MEMs, Improved Semiconductor: Higher Isolation, Lower Loss, More Throws)
  • PA Linearizers - (APT, ET, DPD [Digital Pre-Distortion])
  • UL - Diversity/MIMO/Spectrum Aggregation

 

RF Front End Challenges to Low Cost LTE-A-CA Systems

Technical Director, RF & Analog Circuit

Design

 

Mediatek

 

Low Cost LTE Architectures

Systems Architect

 

Sequans

 

Efficient Design of RF Transceivers for Multi-Band LTE Systems

VP, Advanced Technology

 

GCT Semiconductor

 

450MHz and 3.5GHz Front Ends

Director, System Engineering

 

Altair Semiconductor

 

3:50 PM

Networking Break

 

4:20 PM

Mobile Operator Perspectives (Continued)

Mobile Broadband Services & Mobile Device Evolutions

Principal Member of Technical Staff

AT&T Network Architecture, Radio

Technology

 

AT&T

 

5:00 PM

Panel Session: Operators/OEMs

  • Global Band and Carrier Aggregation Considerations
  • Global Portfolio Management
    • How Can We Minimize SKUs But Still Meet Performance and Global Band Requirements?

Mobile Operators and Device OEMs

 

BlackBerry

Sony Mobile

Sprint TeliaSonera
Telus Hutchinson
Vodafone  

 

5:50 PM

Adjourn for Day

 

6:45 PM

Bus Leaves for Dinner - Flädie Mat & Vingård

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.

DAY 3 June 19

Wednesday

7:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Hotel

 

8:00 AM

Tunable Components & Architectures

  • Input from 2013 Tunable Components Working Group Activities
    • Carrier Use-Case Descriptions, for example:
      • Carrier Aggregation
      • Adding Additional Band(s)
      • Enhanced Radio Performance
      • etc.
    • Preliminary Block Diagram Proposals to Support These Use-Cases
  • How Will RF Path Replication for Bands Impact Size, Cost, Performance?
  • Do Additional Bands Require Multi-Band/Tunable Components?
  • Assessing Increased Front-End Performance Losses with Band/Path Additions
  • Tunable Components - Lower FE Complexity, Reduced Cost and Size, Form Factor
  • Materials Advancements - Enabler for Tunable Components, Mode Diversity (i.e. Polarization, Phase)

    • When Can We Expect to See:

      • MEMs - 2013+?

      • Meta-Materials - 2014/15+?

      • Nano-Materials - 2015/16+?

  • Tunable Elements

    • Variable Capacitors, MEMs Structures, Tunable Antenna Matching

    • Meta-Materials - Variable Polarization and Phase, etc.

    • Nano-Materials - Size & Thermal Advantages

 

IWPC Tunable Components Working Group Overview

IWPC Working Group Chair

 

Cavendish Kinetics

 

Characterizing Tunable Solutions

Product Marketing Manager

 

ON Semiconductor

 

An Agile Front End for CA and Multimode Multiband Smartphones

CTO & Co-Founder

 

WiSpry

 

9:30 AM

Tunable Architectures & Systems Round Table Discussion with Key Stakeholders

 

BlackBerry

Cavendish Kinetics

DelfMEMs Intel
Mediatek ON Semi
Sony Mobile ST-Ericsson
wiSpry  

 

10:20 AM

Networking Break

 

10:50 AM

RF Front End Drivers

 

RF Module Evolution

  • Will Increased Integration Reduce Overall Certification Costs and Device Defect KPIs?
  • What is the Status of Band Combos - What is the Integration Level?
  • Trade-Offs - Scale = Reduced Costs vs. Lower Volume Global Devices
  • Should Global Banding Be Added Discretely to Cut Cost and Development Lead Time?

Duplexers/Switches

  • Assessing High Band and Low Band Footprint Challenges
  • How Do Small Duplexers at Higher Frequency Impact Loss?
  • Single Band vs. Multiplexer Trade-Offs - Loss, OOB Rejection vs. Size
  • Multiplexer Losses May Require Added LNAs - How Will This Impact Power Efficiency, Linearity and Size?

Recent Advances in RF Front-End for DL Carrier Aggregation

Product Manager

 

Murata

 

Multiplexers for the Uninitiated

Strategic Marketing Manager

 

Avago Technologies

 

11:50 AM

Networking Lunch

 

12:50 PM

RF Front End Drivers (Continued)

 

Antennas

  • Presently - Multi-Band Single Antennas Dominate Devices
  • Are Tunables Maturing, with Experimental Devices Developed?
  • Are Multi-Band Variable Resonant Antennas Available for Major Domestic Bands?
  • Optimization - Cost and Efficiency vs. Antenna Size and Band Coverage Impacting Wide Adoption

Active Antennas Solutions Addressing Carrier Aggregation Challenges

R&D Director

 

Ethertronics

 

Architectural Configurations for Optimized Wi-Fi to LTE Isolations

Chief Scientist

 

SkyCross

 

1:50 PM

Academic Research and Development

  • Development and Implementation of SFR & Cognitive Radios
  • Exploring Analogue RF Challenges
  • Wideband PAs
  • MIMO Antennas
  • Innovative Materials

OTA Testing - Performance Assurance for Future RF Front Ends

Professor

 

Aalborg University

 

2:30 PM

Networking Break

 

3:00 PM

Panel Session: Addressing the Growing Complexity of Device Testing

  • Multiple Simultaneous Carriers in a Reverberation Chamber
    • CA, 4x4 MIMO, Inter-device Interference
  • How to Measure Real Person Impact on Device Performance
    • What Differs Compared With Head and Hand Phantoms?

 

OTA Performance Measurements on Carrier Aggregation Devices

 

Anite

Bluetest AB

K&L Microwave Spirent

 

4:10 PM

Closing Panel Session: Next Steps

  • Global Portfolio Management
    • How Can We Minimize SKUs But Still Meet Performance and Global Band Requirements?
  • Exploring Baseband to Antenna Innovation
  • Cellular and Wi-Fi Co-Existence (Switched Carriers vs. Simultaneous Connections)
  • Managing Evolving Carrier Aggregation Demands
    • Downlink Aggregation Potential and Challenges
    • Uplink Aggregation Opportunities and Challenges
  • Tunable Architectures - Benefits and Trade-Offs
  • Considering Key Findings from the Workshop and Next Steps

Mobile Operators and Device OEMs

 

BlackBerry

Intel

Mediatek Sony Mobile
ST-Ericsson TeliaSonera
Telus Hutchinson
Vodafone  

 

5:00 PM

Takeaways and Closing Remarks

IWPC

6:00 PM

Adjourn

 

7:15 PM

Dinner (Dutch*)
* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine, and (really) bad jokes.

FAQs

  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?
  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?
  3. Who are the attendees?
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  5. Hotel information?
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  8. Will business cards be collected?
  9. What is the dress code?
  10. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013.

  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?

    Click on the link below for a short video guide regarding preparing for and improving your IWPC presentation:

    Video: IWPC Speaker Guidelines

  3. Who are the attendees?
    • We do not permit the Press.
    • We do not permit Analysts.
    • We do not permit Consultants.
    • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.
    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out-of-pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), Presentation materials, audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $948 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check. Make checks payable to IWPC.

  5. Hotel information?

    Elite Hotel Ideon
    Scheelevagen 27
    SE-223 63 Lund, Sweden
    Phone: +46-46-2871100
    http://www.elite.se/eng/ideon

    Please contact the hotel directly at +46-46-2871100, or by email at info.lund@elite.se, for reservations.  When making reservations, mention the IWPC room block rate of 1350 SEK and use booking code IWP170613.

    Cut-off date for reservations is Monday, June 3rd. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    Travel options and information can be found at the bottom of this page.

  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

    In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.

  8. Will business cards be collected?

    Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.

  9. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!

  10. How will handout materials be provided?

    IWPC prepares a memory stick with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to include on this memory stick. These pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

    For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

    You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

    These materials will be handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

    Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.

    Please use this FREE FTP site to send electronic materials (any size file):

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