Applications and Technologies

Exploring Medical, Communications, Security Applications
and High Frequency Semiconductor Technologies, Packaging and Testing

Hosted by:

Northrop Grumman
Plus Tour: Northrop Grumman Facilities


December 3-5, 2013


The Ritz Carlton

Marina del Rey, CA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members

Confirmed Speakers or Panel Members

Agilent Technologies

Global Foundries
Harvard Medical School
Huber & Suhner
Infineon Technologies
Laird Technologies
Northrop Grumman
Queen's University Belfast
Rohde & Schwarz
TriQuint Semiconductor
WIN Semiconductor

Workshop Goals

  • What future applications will be enabled by advanced high frequency device technologies?

Agenda (Subject To Change)

DAY 1 December 3

12:00 PM


Tour Registration: Northrop Grumman Facilities


Tour attendance subject to approval by Northrop Grumman.


Limited to first 30 persons.

12:30 PM -
5:00 PM


Tour: Northrop Grumman Facilities

  • Weather Environmental Monitoring Lab

  • THz Lab

  • Foundry Tour

Transportation provided from/to hotel.

7:00 PM


Social and Networking

Reception and Registration



DAY 2 December 4

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
  • Where are the Commercial Business Opportunities for mmWave and Sub-mmWave Technologies?
  • How Can mmWave and THz Technology Innovators Leverage Aerospace and Defense Programs to Address Future Commercial Opportunities?
  • Building on Expertise Gained Developing and Delivering Systems from 180GHz to 700GHz

THz and Submillimeter Wave Technology at Northrop Grumman

Departmental Staff Engineer


Northrop Grumman

9:40 AM

Networking Break


10:20 AM

DARPA Perspective


*Presentation will be restricted to workshop only and will NOT be available on the IWPC website.


Imaging, radar, spectroscopy, and communications systems operating in the millimeter wave sub-MMW frequency bands have been elusive due to a lack of effective means to generate, detect, process, and radiate the necessary high frequency signals. In order to control and manipulate radiation in this especially challenging portion of the RF spectrum, electronics must be developed that can operated at frequencies past 1 THz.

The objective of the Terahertz (THz) Electronics program is to develop the critical device and integration technologies necessary to realize compact, high-performance electronic circuits that operate at center frequencies exceeding 1.0 THz. The program will focus on the developments of two critical THz technical areas.


Electronics Above 100 GHz

Program Manager




11:00 AM

Applications - Security

  • Evolving Requirements for Security Systems

  • The Evolution of Millimeter Security Images from Market Entry to Present Day

  • The Trends in Enabling Technology and Their Influence on System Performance

  • Projections of the Performance of Semiconductor Devices in 5 Years

    • How This Will Impact System Performance

  • Exploring State-of-the-Art Active mmWave Imaging Systems

  • Considering Technology Realization and Challenges

  • Assessing Advanced Multistatic Operation and Cost Factors

  • Defining the Role of Semiconductor Solutions

    • Analog and Digital Domains

Millimeter Wave Security Imaging - Past, Present and Future

Professor - Millimeter Wave/Terahertz



Queen's University Belfast


Large Active mmWave Imaging Systems for Security Applications

Senior Developer, Microwave Imaging


Rohde & Schwarz


12:00 PM

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Applications - Communications

  • mmWave Already Widely Used for Point-to-Point Links

    • Increasingly Being Deployed for High-Capacity Backhaul

    • Beginning to be Offered as Embedded Short Range Connectivity Solution

  • Global Spectrum is a Finite Resource

    • Operators Look to Support Ever Increasing Traffic and Bandwidth Demands

    • Higher Frequency Bands are Now Being Considered for Cellular Access

  • How Will mmWave Fit into a 5G Future?

  • Considering the Current Challenge for Small Cell Deployment, is Use of mmWave Access a Pipe Dream?

  • Considering Propagation Limitations, Architectural Demands and Topology Considerations

  • What are the Opportunities, Benefits, Challenges and Limitations of Moving to Higher Bands?

System Perspective on mm-Wave Mobile Communications

Member of Technical Staff




Millimeter Waves in 5G Networks

Vice Head/Wireless Communication

& Networks




mm-Waves for Mobile Communication: Reality and Challenges in Hardware

Senior Manager




2:30 PM

Networking Break


3:00 PM

Applications - Communications/Security (Continued)

  • Understanding the Basic SNR Challenge

  • Challenges of Complex Modulation

  • Lessons Learned

  • Imaging and Radar for Personal Security Screening

  • THz Imaging/Radar Comparisons

  • Physics - Standoff, Resolution, Penetration


  • CMOS Based Sensors for Dielectric Spectroscopy of Biological Cell Suspension

  • World-to-Chip Interface Challenge (Microfluidics)

  • Microwave Biosensors for Plaque-Sensing

  • Gas Sensing in the GHz Frequency Range


Challenges of mm-Wave & THz Systems for Radar and Communications





Silicon Based Microwave Chips for Medical and Security Applications

Project Leader, Materials Research





4:00 PM

Applications - Medical

  • Has the Application of THz for Medical Matured Enough to Attract Both Interest and Federal Funding?

  • How Can High Frequency Technology Impact Gene Structure?

  • By Exposing Cells to Low Power Radiation (Low/No Heat Effects) from THz Laser Sources, Can Somatic Stem Cells Be Changed?

  • Could We Reprogram Specific Sets of Genes by Using a Defined Laser Source (Centered at a Gene Specific THz)?

  • Reprogramming of Somatic Cells for Treatment of Cell-Related Diseases

    • Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes, Spinal Cord Injuries, Wound Healing, Arthritis

  • Can Low-Power THz High Field Laser Sources Impact the Personalized Medicine, Wound Healing and Bacterial Growth-Based Industry?

THz Radiation-Based Settings for Regenerative Medicine

Associate Professor


Harvard Medical School


Spatially Resolved Hydration Mapping with THz Radiation





5:00 PM

Applications Panel Session



Security, Medical, Communications Applications




Fraunhofer Harvard Medical
IHP Rohde & Schwarz
Samsung UCLA

5:50 PM

Adjourn for Day


6:45 PM

Leave for Dinner - Cafe del Rey


DAY 3 December 5

7:00 AM

Networking Breakfast



8:00 AM

Enabling Technologies - Semiconductors


Presentations and Panel

  • What Are the Trends and Tradeoffs of the Many High Frequency Semiconductor Technologies?

    • InP

    • GaAs

    • GaN

    • SiGe

    • CMOS

  • What are the Roadmaps of Each of these Semiconductor Technologies Which Will Enable Future High Frequency Applications?

Silicon RF Technologies for Aerospace and Defense Applications

Director - RF Field Marketing


Global Foundries


CMOS Based Sensors at 160 GHz

R&D Manager, Distinguished Member

Technical Staff


Texas Instruments


Enabling Technologies for mmWave/Sub-mmWave Applications

Strategy & Bus. Dev. Manager


TriQuint Semiconductor


High Performance GaAs pHEMT Technologies for E and W Band Applications



WIN Semiconductor


10:30 AM

Networking Break


11:10 AM

Enabling Technologies - Packaging

  • Shifting the Current View and Establishing LTCC as a Viable Packaging Platform

  • Wide Range of Interconnect Compatibility

    • Soldering, Wirebound, Brazing, ENG Plating, etc.

Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) Based Packaging Platform for Millimeter Wave Applications

Technology Manager, Microwave





Metalized Plastics Technology for mm-Wave Antennas

Product Line Manager


Huber & Suhner


Embedded Wafer Level Package (eWLB) Technology for mm-Wave Application

Product Marketing Manager


Infineon Technologies


12:40 PM

Networking Lunch


1:40 PM

Enabling Technologies - Testing

  • Test Types

    • Reflectivity

    • Insertion Loss

    • Parameters (Permittivity, Permeability)

  • Test Methods - Quasi-optical Test Bench

    • Description

    • Why It Is Needed at High Frequencies

    • Measurement Examples

  • Characterization

    • Computer Modeling of Applications

    • Comparison with Measured Results


  • The Demand for Improved Efficiencies in Microwave and Millimeter-wave Communication System Stresses the Need for Improved Device Characterization and Model Accuracy

  • At the Core of Accurate Models: Accurate Measurements

  • Summarizing Latest Advancements in On-Wafer Measurements and Details of the Latest Technology

Millimeter Wave Material Characterization

Staff Scientist


Laird Technologies


Measurement Challenges Confronting the Commercialization of mmW Technologies

Application Engineer


Agilent Technologies


Advancements in Measurement Technology for Improved Device Characterization

Manager, Product Marketing




3:10 PM

Networking Break


3:50 PM

Closing Panel - Next Steps

  • Considering Key Findings from the Workshop and Next Steps

Security, Medical, Communications Applications




Fraunhofer Harvard Medical
IHP Northrop Grumman
Rohde & Schwarz Samsung

4:30 PM

Takeaways and Closing Remarks


5:00 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: Friday, November 22nd.

  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 Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $1098 (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?

    The Ritz Carlton
    4375 Admiralty Way
    Marina del Rey, CA 90292
    Phone: +1 310-823-1700

    Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-241-3333 for reservations.  Mention the IWPC room block rate of $259.

    The cut-off date for reservations is Friday, November 22nd.  After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.

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

    You can find a map/travel directions from the airport, as well as inquire about specific transportation options, below:

  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.

    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 included on the IWPC website Research Library.

    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):

    IWPC FTP Transfer