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Antennas for 2010 Handsets

Multi-band and MIMO: Implementation and Testing Challenges

with a focus on Adaptable and Tunable Antenna Technology



Hosted by:


February 27-28, 2008


W Seattle
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101   USA
(206) 264-6000



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Moderated by:
Don Brown, Director, IWPC
Joe Madden, Technical Director, IWPC


Workshop Background:

In January 2007, Sony Ericsson hosted a workshop in North Carolina, USA (Handset Antenna Technologies for Multi-Mode, Multi-Band) to explore the design of mobile handset antennas for multi-band operation.   Several key challenges were highlighted, ranging from the challenge of compromised RF performance due to difficult placement, testing issues related to handset field usage, and tunable antenna requirements for mobile TV and other applications.   As shown in the quote below, the January 2007 workshop was highly successful at identifying potential solutions to design and test problems, and the group feedback overwhelmingly supported a follow-on meeting in 2008.

“[This conference created] tremendous opportunities by coordinating design throughout the RF chain”…Jim Phillips, Fellow of the Technical Staff, Motorola

The 2008 workshop is intended to extend the 2007 discussion, by introducing new topics in testing of antennas and handsets for radiated performance, as well as exploring the concept of handset MIMO antennas for the first time.


Note:  Per FCC instructions, the 700 MHz auction will not be discussed in this meeting.

Workshop Goals:

This workshop will highlight the challenges involved with multi-band mobile handset design.   We will bring network operators, handset OEMs, antenna designers, and RF component suppliers together, to address the key questions facing antenna and handset designers: 


How can we support simultaneous multi-radio operation?  

How to implement MIMO antennas for mobile handsets? 

How can RF performance be optimized under challenging size/bandwidth requirements?

How can radiated emissions test time be improved for multi-band, multi-mode handsets?

How can new techniques be adopted for tunable/adaptable antenna operation?


The 2008 workshop is intended to extend the 2007 discussion, by introducing new topics in testing of antennas and handsets for radiated performance, as well as exploring the concept of handset MIMO antennas for the first time.





Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2:00 PM


4:00 PM

IWPC Handset Advisory Panel Meeting


This is your chance to have a face-to-face meeting with Senior IWPC Staff and other active IWPC Members to directly influence future IWPC Workshops and Activities in the Handset subject area.


Click HERE to reserve a seat at this limited seating round table discussion.


At Hotel -

in "Studio 6"

7:00 PM

Social and Networking
Reception & Registration

At Hotel


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:15 AM

Self Introductions

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

8:50 AM


Operators Wish List for Mobile Phone Antenna Performance

      Principal Engineer
         T-Mobile USA


Wish List & Performance Implications of Mobile Phone Antennas

         Sr. Mgr, Product Development
         T-Mobile USA


9:30 AM

Operator Keynote presentation

  • What are the requirements for simultaneous operation of multiple radios?

  • How many radios need to be supported on a handset?

  • What are the requirements for MIMO antennas for handsets?

  • How can antenna and handset testing be accelerated to best evaluate the huge number of operating configurations?

  • What is the trend in actual usage?  (Hands-free, near head, car kits, etc)

Multi-Mode/Multi-Band/MIMO Terminals: So Many Antennas, So Little Space, So Little Time

      Member of Technical Staff
         Verizon Wireless



10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:30 AM


  • What frequencies and operating modes must be implemented in handsets for the next 2-3 years?

  • What is a realistic outlook for MIMO requirements in handsets?  Will LTE and WiMAX requirements be limited to higher frequency bands or will these standards migrate into existing mobile bands?

  • What really matters in the real world?   How should phantom models and performance testing be changed to reflect the real world?

  • How can antenna and handset testing be accelerated to best evaluate the huge number of operating configurations?

  • Are network operators going to be willing to accept cost increases for MIMO and adaptive tuning technology?  Will this increase subsidies in the USA?


  • Alltel

  • T-Mobile USA

  • US Cellular

  • Verizon Wireless

11:30 PM

Networking Lunch


12:30 PM

Handset OEMs -- Design Presentations

  • What test scenarios/test sequences should be used to minimize test time?

  • What does the component industry need to do, to support multi-band and multi-mode  requirements?

  • What are the system implications of adaptive antennas?  What impact will a tunable/adaptive antenna have on the system?

  • What is the expected timing for MIMO requirements in production handsets?

Cellular Handsets and Mobile Computing Products: Antenna Design Challenges: Part II

      Sr. Staff H/W Engineer
         Sony Ericsson


Performance Evaluation of a Multi-antenna System in the Handheld Device

      Senior Member, Technical Staff


1:30 PM

Antenna Design

  • Advances in ElectroMagnetic (EM) simulation tools for modeling of antenna performance


New Trends in Antenna Design Automation Software

      AMDS Program Manager
         Agilent Technologies



2:00 PM

A Perspective From Down Under

  • Field Testing on Handsets with Hand/Head placement variations

  • Coverage and Capacity implications of antenna loading


Opportunities to Enhance Coverage and Capacity with Improved UE Antennas

      Radio Network Devt Manager



2:30 PM

Networking Break


3:00 PM

Antenna and Materials Technologies

  • What is the performance impact of a change in antenna matching impedance (non-50 ohm antenna matching)?

  • How can multi-band antennas be implemented in small size?

  • How can tunable antennas be implemented most effectively?

  • What innovative concepts can make MIMO performance most effective?


Intelligent Antennas for Mobile Handsets

        RF Engineer
        Laird Technologies


Is 2 dB worth $2?

      VP Advanced Technology


Compact Single Antenna Solutions for MIMO Applications

      Chief Technical Officer


Multiband Techniques in Small Antennas

      Leader, Antenna Products Dept.
         Murata Mfg Co., Ltd.


5:00 PM

Adjourn for Day


6:30 PM

Bus leaves for Dinner



Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.


Thursday, February 28, 2008


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

RF Tuning Technologies

  • What's important in considering adaptive/tunable antennas?

  • How should component vendors prioritize:

    • Size

    • Tuning Range

    • Cost

    • Electrical Loss

    • Other

Design Challenges for Tunable Devices

      Member of Technical Staff


8:20 AM

RF Tuning Technologies

  • How do multi-mode and multi-band antennas impact the RF chain?

  • How will tunable antennas be supported in the RF chain?

  • How can a complex RF front end support adaptable antennas?

  • What advances in ferroelectric, MEMS, and other advanced materials can help to solve the problems of adaptive antennas?

  • How can adaptive antenna techniques be implemented at low cost?

Tunable Solutions for Mobile Antennas:  A Technology Update

      Principal Staff Engineer

         Paratek Microwave


Digitally Tunable and Reconfigurable Antennas

      Director, Product Planning+Bus. Devt.
         WiSpry, Inc.


Analog Tunability in the RF Front End

      Vice President, Engineering

         Agile RF


A Novel Tuning/Front end Technology

      VP Marketing+Business Development
         Peregrine Semiconductor


10:30 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM

Implementation Panel Session


  • How will the handset sense its environment and adapt the antenna?    What is the impact on processors/software and other aspects of the handset?

  • How can frequency tuning be implemented in real handsets?

  • What is MIMO for handsets, and what adaptability is necessary to make multi-antenna solutions possible for multiple bands?

  • What are the tradeoffs for different tuning technologies?  Which technologies are "best" for battery life, small size, wide tuning range, reliability, etc?


  • Agile RF

  • Ethertronics

  • Infineon

  • Motorola

  • Murata

  • Paratek

  • Peregrine Semiconductor

  • WiSpry

12:00 PM



1:00 PM

Testing Technology

  • How will handset MIMO testing be implemented?  Will new test facilities be required?

  • How should phantom models be configured to reflect the real world?

  • How can multiple parameters and modes be tested quickly?

  • What stress test scenarios should be prioritized?

CTIA ERP Working Group

      Principal Staff Engineer


Performance Testing of MIMO/Diversity Antennas for Mobile Terminals

      Principal Member of Technical Staff


Methods for Testing Radiated Performance of Diversity and MIMO Enabled Handsets

      Chief Technical Officer
         Satimo Corporation


2:30 PM

Networking Break


3:00 PM


Panel session, OEMs and Operators


The hosts will be asked to recap the extent to which the workshop has addressed their wish lists.

  • Has the group identified realistic solutions to multi-band implementation challenges?

  • Is there further collaboration that the IWPC can support, to foster a common set of requirements or test methods?

  • What's the global outlook for MIMO?  On what requirements should the industry focus during 2008 to support advanced standards?

  • Alltel

  • Motorola

  • Nokia

  • Sony Ericsson

  • T-Mobile

  • US Cellular

  • Verizon Wireless

4:00 PM

TakeAways & Closing Remarks


5:00 PM



7:00 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


Friday, February 29, 2008


9:00 AM to roughly 11:30 AM


Tour of T-Mobile Network Operations Center


Note:  A signed NDA is required to tour the T-Mobile NOC.

Restrictions may apply--subject to T-Mobile approval.


The NDA is required by February 15, 2008.


Click HERE for a copy of the NDA form

Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel. 




Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

January 25, 2008



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), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.


We estimate that these costs will be $ 791 (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.



W Seattle
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101   USA
(206) 264-6000


Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Mention the IWPC room block rate of $209.  USD single occupancy.


You can also make your reservations on-line at:


IWPC Antennas for 2010 Handsets


Cut-off date for reservations is February 12,  2007. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.


TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL:   For transportation details:  Click Here




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.



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.



Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!



IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.


For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. 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 copied and 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 send electronic materials (any size file) to:

[email protected]


or use one of these FREE FTP Sites

IF your email system cannot send large files:





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