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NEW        International Wireless Packaging Consortium
Interactive Technical Workshop


Limited to 100 seats
First Registered, First Served





Basestation Coverage Enhancement Equipment

Low Cost, Easily Implemented Solutions

Repeaters, In-building Coverage Extenders,
Smart Antennas, Software Defined Radios, Superconductor Subsystems

Tour of
Sprint PCS Network Operations Center 


Hosted by:  Sprint PCS  

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

March 4-7, 2003  


Doubletree Hotel
Overland Park at Corporate Woods
10100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS  66210
Phone: 913-451-6100

Fax: 913-451-3873




Organized by the International Wireless Packaging Consortium


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Moderated by
Don Brown, Director, IWPC
Rene Douville, Technical Director, IWPC


Tuesday, March 4

7:00 PM

Social and Networking 

Reception & Registration


Wednesday, March 5

7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:15 AM  


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

9:00 AM

Keynote Presentation and Other Service Providers


        Challenges and opportunities for equipment suppliers and their supply chains

        Broad Industry Issues and Business and Market Perspectives 

        What features and capabilities would service operators like to see?

  • Smart Antennas

  • Software Defined Radio

  • Repeaters and In-building Extenders

  • Mini/Micro/Pico Stations


        What are the main parameters considered when assessing equipment options for Cellular Infrastructure?

        What are the considerations in balancing use of Cellular/ Micro/Mini/Pico Stations and Repeaters?

        How will the needs of 3G affect these options?

        How do operators see this technology interacting with WLAN buildout?

        What is the impact on the backhaul requirements?

        What are the features of handsets that significantly affect the basestations?


Neutral Hosts and Tower Site Managers

        What are the roles of Neutral Hosts?

        What are their equipment needs?

        How can they reduce the operating costs of Licensed Spectrum Holders and improve coverage and capacity?

        Is tower sharing practical or realistic?



Title TBD

Tom Crook

Director, Wireless Technology Development


Mark Yarkosky

Air Interface Manager,
New Technologies Development

Sprint PCS


A Neutral Host's View of Coverage Enhancement

Ted Abrams
VP Technology
Spectrasite Communications



Other Licensed Spectrum Holders AND TOWER OPERATORS Confirmed Attending

  • Bell Mobility

  • Nextel

  • Telus Mobility

  • Crown Castle




10:00 AM



10:30 AM

Panel and Open Interactive Discussions

Additional Licensed Spectrum Service Providers, Neutral Hosts and Tower Operators will be given the opportunity to clarify their needs, requirements and views and will engage in a panel session where the audience is invited to ask questions and they will be given the opportunity to ask each other and the audience questions.


Sprint, Additional LICENSED SPECTRUM Service Providers,

  • Sprint 

  • Bell Mobility

  • Nextel

  • Telus Mobility


Neutral Hosts and Tower Site Managers 

  • Crown Castle

  • Spectrasite


11:30 AM



12:30 PM


Basestation, Repeater and In-Building Equipment Makers


        The focus will be to simplify and drive solutions that:

  • can be implemented quickly 

  • that do not impact the cell site significantly

  • are cost effective and easy to implement


Systems to be Addressed

  • Basestation Architectures

  • Mini/Micro/Pico stations 

  • Repeaters and coverage extenders

  • Indoor coverage extension



Capacity and Coverage Enhancement Techniques and considerations for 2G and 3G BTS Operators 

Matt Conrod 

Product Line Manager
CDMA Base Station Solutions

Nortel Networks


Ericsson In-Building Solutions

Tony Sandberg


CDMA Zone Enhancers 

Ralph Olds
Digital Communications, Inc.


Subscriber-Centric Coverage Solutions

Mike Roper
Vice President, Product Development

SpotWave Wireless


Title TBD 

Jeff Vann 

Product Line Manager
EMS Wireless


Other OEMs Registered

  • Lucent

  • Motorola

  • Alcatel


2:00 PM

Panel And Open Interactive Discussions

The Basestation, Repeater and In-Building Equipment Makers will engage in a panel session where they will be given the opportunity to clarify their needs, requirements and views.  The audience is invited to ask questions and they will be given the panelists will have the opportunity to ask each other and the audience questions.


Speakers from Base Station and Repeater Equipment Makers

3:00 PM  



3:30 PM

Major Subsystem Equipment Makers


Major Subsystems to be Addressed

  • Smart antennas

  • Pattern control for enhanced coverage

  • Tower mounted electronics

  • Superconductor solutions

  • Software Defined Radio

  • Handset performance features which have strong impact on systems

  • Improvements in High power systems


Easily Integrated Smart Antenna Systems 

Jerry Kirshman 

Manager, System Sales
L-3 Communications Narda


Protected Sensitivity using Superconductor
Solutions in Wireless Networks 

Mike Eddy 

Vice President, Marketing
Superconductor Technologies Inc


Growth of Software Defined Radios in the Base Station 

Francois Luneau 

Director of Projects
Radical Horizon


Designing, Enhancing, Optimizing and Predicting Performance of Advanced Wireless Networks

Dr. Leonhard Korowajczuk




4:45 PM

Open Interactive Discussions


5:30 PM



6:30 PM


Dinner and Entertainment

Kansas City Style  



Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel


Thursday, March 6


7:00 AM





8:00 AM

Enabling Technology Providers



Advances In Electronics Design and Packaging For Coverage Enhancement and Repeater Applications

  • Basestation and Repeater Antennas

  • Receiver/Transmitter Modules

  • Software Defined Radio ICs and Modules

  • Superconducting Technologies

  • Power amplifier devices

  • Linearization techniques and electronics

  • Switching and tuning elements

  • High Speed A/D technology

  • Environmental management

  • New RF materials

  • EMI/EMC Techniques

  • Testing and assembly issues

  • Cables and connectors 



Digital-RF for Wireless Systems 

Jack Rosa 

President & CEO


A Novel Approach to RF/Microwave Antenna Materials 

Chet Guiles
Director, New Business Dev

Materials for Electronics



Lightning Protection, PIM, and Other FUD-An Overview

Art Peltier

VP Engineering

PolyPhaser Corp


BaseStation Performance and Reliability Issues - Thermal, Electromagnetic, and Electrical

John Mosko

Wireless Segment Leader

W.L. Gore & Associates


Designing EMI Shielding for Basestation Environmental Needs

Arki Pawlowych
Product Development Engineer

Laird Technologies


Cables and Connectivity- Installability, Reliability, Service Life and the Lowest Lifecycle Cost

Kerry Downer

Director of Marketing





10:00 AM   





10:15 AM

Enabling Technology Providers


The Impact of Higher Power Handset PAs on System Performance

Dr. Jean-Pierre Lanteri
Director, Technology

M/A-COM, Tyco 


Enabling IC Technology for Software Defined Radios

Scott Behrhorst
Director of Marketing 
Wireless Infrastructure

Analog Devices 


Next Generation Basestation Architectures and Components

Greg Baker

Vice President, Engineering/Marketing

Sirenza Microdevices


Applications of CMOS Technology For Basestation Integration And Cost

David G. Wick
Marketing And Sales Manager

Standard Products

Honeywell Solid State Electronics 


Picking Perfect Power Packaging: Harder Than It Sounds

John Roman


RJR Polymers Inc.




12:00 PM





12:30 PM

Set Up Break Out Sessions Working Groups


Questions to be answered:


1.  What are the gaps in:

Technology ?

Communication ?


2.  What is needed from the supply chain to address these gaps ?


3.  What can IWPC do to assist ?

The group will interactively discuss and identify opportunities for future fruitful development.


We will break into small working groups and allow members to interact with like and no-so-like minded professionals.


The goal of this process is to clarify the needs and identify new opportunities for development.


Each working group will identify a leader and at the end, the leader will make a short presentation on the findings and conclusions of their group. 



1:00 PM 

Breakout Sessions




4:00 PM 

Breakout Session Reports

Each Working Group Leader will make a 10 minute presentation to summarize the Wish List Items and Conclusions of his/her working group. 


Group will come together and have an interactive discussion to exchange and challenge ideas presented by working group leaders.


This process dramatically expands the thinking of the attendees.



5:00 PM

Take Aways & Closing Remarks




5:30 PM  






 Dinner (Dutch) 


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



Friday, March 7



9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Tour of Sprint PCS Network Operations Center 


Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel






IWPC Interactive Technical Workshops, available to IWPC members only (2 persons per IWPC Member Company), unlike traditional conferences and workshops, are highly interactive and are attended by senior technology and business leaders who make a commitment to cooperate to forward advanced packaging technology.



Deadline for electronic version of handout materials:  February 25, 2003.



ALL attendees AND pre-approved guests will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as food, entertainment, booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc. 
We estimate that these costs will be approximately $395. (US) per person.
(final cost to be determined as we get closer to the actual workshop date)


Attendees AND pre-approved guests 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.



We have blocked 25 rooms at the 


Doubletree Hotel
Overland Park at Corporate Woods
10100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS  66210
Phone: 913-451-6100

Fax: 913-451-3873


  at a Conference Room Rate of $89. single/double occupancy.


Please call the hotel before February 18, 2003  to make your reservations at this rate.  


After February 18, 2003 the hotel will release the un-reserved rooms and you may be charged full hotel rates.



All projector formats will be available for the speakers.  

         Computer projector  

         Overhead projector  

In addition, we plan to audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. This tape will be transcribed and made available to all IWPC members.



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 !!




It is our intention to prepare a handout booklet. We propose its contents be as follows:

For ALL IWPC members:  


All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout booklet. 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.

This booklet 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 or Power Point files.  

Please send materials to:

[email protected]

[email protected]


or by snail mail to:


610 Louis Drive, Suite 301

Warminster, PA  18974      USA

If your file is larger than 3 MB, please use  


Call or email Don Brown for instructions on how to use



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