Advanced Smartphone RF Front Ends
for Non-Contiguous Band Combinations

Hosted by:

Sony Mobile
Sony Mobile

Plus Tour: Sony Design Centre


June 17-19, 2013


Elite Hotel Ideon

Lund, Sweden



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to Portable & Mobile Thrust or Full IWPC Members

Confirmed Carriers

Fox Networks

Confirmed Speakers and Panel Members

Aalborg University
Altair Semiconductor
Avago Technologies
Cavendish Kinetics
GCT Semiconductor
K&L Microwave
ON Semiconductor
Sony Mobile

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


DAY 1 June 17


2:00 PM

Tour Registration: Sony Design Centre



2:45 PM

Tour: Sony Design Centre


Transportation provided from/to hotel.

7:00 PM

Social and Networking

Reception and Registration



DAY 2 June 18


7:00 AM

Networking Breakfast and Continued Registration



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.



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




Band and Carrier Aggregation Demands

Senior Radio Planning Engineer




What Next? New Mobile Bands in Europe

Chief Engineer




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


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


  • 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





Low Cost LTE Architectures

Systems Architect




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





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



Sony Mobile

Sprint TeliaSonera
Telus Hutchinson


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


7:00 AM

Networking Breakfast



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




9:30 AM

Tunable Architectures & Systems Round Table Discussion with Key Stakeholders



Cavendish Kinetics

DelfMEMs Intel
Mediatek ON Semi
Sony Mobile ST-Ericsson


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?


  • 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




Multiplexers for the Uninitiated

Strategic Marketing Manager


Avago Technologies


11:50 AM

Networking Lunch


12:50 PM

RF Front End Drivers (Continued)



  • 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




Architectural Configurations for Optimized Wi-Fi to LTE Isolations

Chief Scientist




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



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



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




Mediatek Sony Mobile
ST-Ericsson TeliaSonera
Telus Hutchinson


5:00 PM

Takeaways and Closing Remarks


6:00 PM



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.


  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

    Please contact the hotel directly at +46-46-2871100, or by email at [email protected], 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.

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