Tunable Solutions and Advanced Receivers for Multiband/Multimode Devices

Interference Management and Carrier Aggregation

Hosted by:


Plus Tour: AT&T U-Verse Lab


October 22-24, 2013


Renaissance Austin

Austin, TX USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to Portable & Mobile Thrust or Full IWPC Members

Confirmed Carriers

China Mobile
U.S. Cellular
Verizon Wireless

Confirmed Speakers or Panel Members

Cavendish Kinetics
Pulse Electronics
Rohde & Schwarz
Sony Mobile

Workshop Goals

  • Understand Carrier Challenges and Performance Requirements for next generation Mobile User Equipment
  • Explore UE Based Advanced Receiver and Interference Cancellation Techniques for Heterogeneous Networks
  • Assess Proposed Standards Based Initiatives and Approaches for Enhanced RF Parametric Performance
  • Review Multiband-Multimode State-of-the-Art and Progress
  • Applicability, Performance and Tradeoffs of Tunable Systems


DAY 1 October 22


2:30 PM

Tour Registration: AT&T U-Verse Lab


Limited to first 30 persons, some restrictions may apply.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tour:  AT&T U-Verse Lab



7:00 PM

Social and Networking

Reception and Registration


DAY 2 October 23


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 share what they hope to learn and contribute to the process.



9:00 AM

Host Keynote Opening Remarks and Presentation

  • Objectives for the Workshop
  • Local and Global Roaming Band Requirements
  • Carrier Aggregation Scenarios

Keynote Presentation

AVP, Radio Technology & Strategy




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Mobile Operator Perspectives

  • Challenges of Fragmented LTE Band in the World and 5-mode-10-band Terminals
  • China Mobile's TD-LTE Roll Out Status and Future Roadmap Requirements
  • What Solutions We'd Like to See in Both Terminals and Base Stations Side
  • How Do We Improve RF Parametric Performance?
    • Examples Include: Sensitivity, Transmit Efficiency, Interference Sensitivity
  • Exploring Standards Based Initiatives and Approaches
    • Update on Current Standards and Proposals
    • New Term Challenges
    • Looking 3-5 Years Out
  • Consideration for Broadband Wireless Service Delivery
    • Techniques for Low and High Band Support
    • How Low Can We Go?
      • Is 600 MHz to 3.6 GHz Feasible?

TD-LTE Network Deployment Status and Terminal Requirement

Senior Researcher


China Mobile


UE OTA Performance with Tuning

Distinguished Member of Technical





12:00 PM

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Advanced Receivers

  • MMMB RFIC Development

    • Challenges to RFIC Development

    • Increasing MMMB Band Support

    • Multi-mode Per Port Reconfiguration on the Fly

    • Challenges to Reference Designs

    • Tunable Antenna and CMOS PA/ET Development in Cellular FEM

  • Assessing the Nature of Interference in LTE

  • Active Interference Rejection - Interference Mitigation at the UE

    •  Benefits and Results 

Challenges to RF IC Development

Director, Technical Marketing




Interference Coordination and Mitigation Techniques for LTE

Senior Staff Scientist




LTE Interference Techniques Implemented in the Chipset

Product Line Director




3:00 PM

Networking Break



Sponsored by:




3:40 PM

Panel Session - Interference Coordination and Mitigation Techniques for LTE

  • Understanding UE Based Advanced Interference Cancellation Techniques for Heterogeneous Networks including Macro and Small Cells

  • Exploring Reconfigurable RF Transceivers

  • Baseband Initiatives: Exploring Advanced LTE Techniques

  • Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC/FeICIC) - 3GPP R10/R11

  • Coexistence of Multiple Radio Technologies Within Same Device (LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GNSS Receivers) - 3GPP R11

  • Advanced Receivers for LTE

  • Network-Assisted Interference Cancellation - 3GPP R12+

  • What are the Realizable Benefits, Performance, Tradeoffs and Costs?

    • Successive Interference Cancellation (SIC) Receivers

      • Symbol Level SIC vs. Code word Level SIC (Cost vs. Complexity)

    • Near Maximum-Likelihood (Near-ML) Realistic?

    • Network Assisted IC (R12 Study Item)

  • Exploring Non-Standards Based Interference Cancellation Techniques

    • User Equipment Based?

    • RAN Based?

  • Exploring Chip and Board Design Innovation

    • Can Isolation Techniques Eliminate Inter-Modulation Issues?

    • Considering Carrier Aggregation - How Do We Ensure Optimum Performance?

  • What is the Impact of Advanced Receivers on Processor Needs and Power Management?

Standards Based Interference Coordination and Interference

Director, R&D











4:20 PM

IWPC Tunable System Architectures - Project Overview and Panel Session

Tuning Components and Architectures Working Group - Roadmap for RF Tunability in Mobile Handsets White Paper


Cavendish Kinetics  Intel


Roundtable: Carriers and OEMs




China Mobile Nokia
SoftBank Sprint
T-Mobile Telus


5:20 PM

Adjourn for Day


6:30 PM

Bus Leaves for Dinner - Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.

DAY 3 October 24


7:00 AM

Networking Breakfast



8:00 AM

Host Keynote Presentation

  • Form Factor Demands and Impact
  • Addressing RF Front End Drivers
    • Band Expansion
    • Carrier Aggregation
    • Interference Mitigation - Antenna Tuning
    • Interaction with Small Cell Offloading
    • 2x4 and 4x4 MIMO (4 UE Rx)
    • Form Factor Demands and Impact
  • Designing the RF Front End of the Future

Battle of the Bands II: Evolving Multi-Band Challenges for Device RFEM Designs

Director, SPE - Advanced Devices




9:00 AM

OEM Perspectives

  • What do OEMs Need From the RF Front End Community to Meet Continually Increasing Band Requirements?
  • Assessing Potential for 2014-2015 Smartphones
  • How Can We Minimize SKUs, but Still Meet Performance and Global Band Requirements?
  • Multicore Processes - What Processing Power is Required?
    • Opportunities, Challenges, Tradeoffs
    • Power Considerations
  • Multimode Multiband and Carrier Aggregation Requirements
  • Challenges in Frontend Solutions
  • Tunable Blocks
  • Advanced Receivers
  • System Optimized Frontend

600MHz LTE Band Plan Proposal

Director, Advanced Research




A System Approach to RF Frontend Solutions

Principal Engineer




10:20 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM

RF Front End Components and Systems

  • Global Portfolio Management

  • Multiband-Multimode - How Many Bands Can Be Supported Without Impacting Performance?

  • Exploring Baseband to Antenna Innovation

  • Power Management Techniques to Support Multiband Requirements

  • Examples of Use Cases to be Addressed:

    • Tunable Architectures - Benefits and Tradeoffs

    • Adding Strategic Bands

    • Dynamic Cases: TRP/TIS for Head/Hand Effect (User Effects)

    • TRP - TIS at Cell Edge & Over Other Use Cases

    • Power Saving Using Tuning vs. Not Using Tuning?

    • Drop Rate Improvement with or without Tuning (Use Tunability to Prevent Dropped Calls)

    • Smaller Devices (No Testing Required There)

    • Fewer Antennas (Just Count Them)

  • How Can Tunable RFFE Help to Speed Up 600MHz Deployment Given the Limitation of Low Band?

  • For a Band 12/17 Handset How Can Tunable RFFE Help to Mitigate the Interference from Ch51 and Lower E?

  • How Can Tunable RFFE Help to Realize DL CA Between 600MHz Band and High Bands While Maintaining Excellent RF Performance?

  • Can Tunable RFFE Help to Realize UL CA and UL MIMO?

  • Exploring Self Certification of Devices Using Some Tuning Functions

  • Impact on User Experience, Battery Life, Form, Fit and Function

  • How can Tunable Solutions Enable Spectrum Agility?

Multi-Band Antenna Tuning Solutions

Senior RF Applications Engineer


Sony Mobile


Benefits of Dynamic Impedance Tuning

Director, Systems Engineering




Scalable MMMB High Performance RF Front End

CTO, Co-Founder




12:30 PM

Networking Lunch


1:30 PM

Regulatory Perspectives

  • Development of Recommendations to the FCC by the Technological Advisory Council (TAC)
  • Proposed Approach for Improving Receiver Performance

Interference Limits Policy Approach

Senior Engineer




2:10 PM

Antenna Evolution Panel

  • How Can 10+ LTE Bands be Supported Without Impacting Performance?

  • What is the State of the Technology in Antennas, Tunable Components and Architectures?

  • Where are We Today and What Does the Roadmap and Timescales Look Like?

  • Exploring Performance, Cost and Size Requirements, Challenges, Tradeoffs and Opportunities

  • How Can Tunable RFFE Antennas Help With 4z2 and 4x4 MIMO?

Tunable and Multi-Feed Antennas Enabling Small Form Factor Antenna for MMMB Mobile Device

Research Manager


Pulse Electronics











3:10 PM

Networking Break


3:50 PM

Testing Considerations

  • Test Capabilities vs. Test System Complexity

  • Meaning of MIMO Enhancement for CA Performance Testing

Testing Considerations for LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation

LTE Technology Manager


Rohde & Schwarz


4:20 PM

Closing Discussion - Next Steps

  • Considering Key Findings from the Workshop and Next Steps




China Mobile

SoftBank Sprint
T-Mobile Telus


5:00 PM

Takeaways and Closing Remarks


5:30 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.


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  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: Friday, October 11th.

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

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  3. Who are the attendees?
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    • We do not permit Analysts.
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    • 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 Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $895 (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?

    Renaissance Austin
    9721 Arboretum Blvd.
    Austin, TX 78759

    Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-468-3571 for reservations. When making reservations, mention the IWPC room block rate of $199 USD.
    Cut-off date for reservations is Friday, October 11th. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.

  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    Transportation options will be posted as soon as possible.

  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 “recordings” 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?

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to be included in the online workshop folder in the IWPC Research Library. This 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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