LTE-A/PRO and 5G Advanced Smartphone & User
Equipment Architectures

Challenges and implications to support sub 6GHz 5G in mobile user equipment and consideration for mmWave integration


Hosted by:


March 13-15, 2017


Hilton Washington
Dulles Airport

Herndon, VA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


Considering what 5G means to the global user equipment ecosystem. What challenges does 5G need to address and what can realistically be expected, in terms of performance, battery life, etc.?

Workshop Goals

  • Where are we today with performance wireless, landline, fiber
  • Use cases, business requirements and where the status of industry is today
  • What are the applications that are driving demand beyond todays 4G
  • Where are we towards 1GBps – How do we get there and what will it do for us?
  • Implications of UE and device architecture
  • What can be achieved <6GHz
  • What is a 5G smartphone?


March 13




7:00 PM

Registration and Evening Reception

Registration at hotel

March 14


7:00 AM


Breakfast and Registration continues



8:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions



8:30 AM

Host Keynote Opening Remarks and Presentation

  • Where are we today with performance wireless, landline, fiber
  • Use cases, business requirements and where the status of industry is today
  • What are the applications that are driving demand beyond todays 4G
  • Where are we towards 1GBps?
  • How do we get there and what will it do for us?


Keynote Presentation


Director, Mobile Systems & Devices


10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • Sub-6GHz architectures, band plan and implementation details across regions
  • Required features, concurrent use of features, use cases and performance benefits of the approaches
  • Data-rates, user experience, network efficiency, network capacity, and DC consumption of the UE
  • Incremental performance benefit of 5G vs. LTE-Advanced Pro for sub-6GHz?
  • Review of specific Frequencies being considered for by carriers
  • What are the regulatory barriers to shared use scenarios below 6 GHz for UEs and what is the likelihood of acceptance?
  • What is the FCC's position on shared use in the US?
  • What is the shared-use regulatory situation in China, Europe, Japan, etc.?
  • Is there evidence in the market already for shared use sub-6GHz?
  • What technical barriers, if overcome, would enable shared-use sub 6 GHz?
  • New sub-6GHz bandwidths and bands and impact on phone design
  • Timelines for 5G roll out below 6GHz
  • Frequency spectrum prioritization under 6 GHz
  • Transition from 4G evolution, share spectrum, multiple CA combinations, 2 UL scenarios to 5G
  • 3.5GHz and C-Band spectrum expansion
  • Use cases that differentiate 5G from 4G LTE
  • Timing/challenges/compelling case associated with 5G mmWave in the UE
  • How to accelerate efforts to get 5G services established

Requirements and Expectations for 5G Devices


Project Manager











11:20 AM

Looking forward to 2019

  • What will the smartphone architecture look like for the first 5G devices?
  • Considering the historical context for what we can learn from 4G
  • 5G technology and how it will be supported in early devices
  • What kind of a device is it?
  • How many radio’s will it have?
  • How many antenna’s will it have?
  • What will be the level of integration?
  • What will be the relationship between WiFi and 5G?
  • What will be the test challenges?

Cracking the Lid off the first 5G Device


Product Planner




12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Chipset Perspectives

  • Expected architecture and 5G UE capabilities
  • What is 5G in handsets?
  • 5G device concerns and technical challenges
  • 5G PHY and MAC Architecture
  • UE HW architecture (DSP and HW considerations and HW / SW partitioning)
  • High Level Device Architecture (BB+RF) Dual Band options (u-WAVE and mm-Wave)
  • Millimeter wave air interface for smartphones?
  • High frequency filtering needs for 5G.
  • The expectation of architecture of 4G and 5G inter-working.

UE Design Challenges for NR eMBB


Senior Technical Account Manager




LTE for IoT Market and Technology Update: Advancements of 3GPP LTE-M and NB-IoT on the Road to 5G Massive IoT


VP Worldwide Marketing



3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

Chipset Perspectives Continued

MIPI Alliance Perspective - Mobile Device Interfaces towards 5G


Sr. Director, Technology




Managing Director



4:20 PM

Technology Enablers

Testing of Beamforming Patterns and Tuned Filtering


Product Manager


5:00 PM

End of Day Panel


5:45 PM

Adjourn for Day


7:00 PM

Networking Dinner-


Lightfoot Restaurant

Hosted by:

March 15


7:00 AM


Networking Breakfast


8:00 AM

Technology Enablers

  • What will be the different requirements in 5G compared to 4G
  • Uplink performance, Bands
  • Multi-RAT Challenges and direction
  • UE radio support mechanism for 5G and legacy networks (4G)
  • NR-5G from 3GPP standardization progress
  • 5G interface and communication standard implications - Impact on automotive industry and other verticals
  • What compound semiconductor materials will be required for PAs and other devices
  • Digital Front End, radio, modem, etc. type of proposed architectures.
  • Reconfigurable logic IP
  • How <6GHz 5G specs will be different from LTE advanced from handset perspective?
  • Understanding of conflicts with shared spectrum and architectures to address, i.e. filtering, linearity, compression, smartphone filtering and switching architectures; PA output power levels; array configurations, control, performance requirements; LNA requirements
  • mm-wave integration
  • Connection to the RAN, IoT versus Voice/Multimedia Smartphone Calls
  • 5G defined and the challenges related to PCB and materials
  • Tuning of center frequency and bandwidth
  • Multi mode device architectures
  • Filter technologies
  • Impact on terminal for sub 6 GHz 5G
  • Massive MIMO perspective
  • Low latency perspective
  • MTC perspective
  • 5G smartphone reference architecture.
  • Potential Front-end structure and spec, of sub 6GHz

5GNR Front End: More Evolution Than Revolution


Director Systems Engineering






Considerations for 2 Gbps Capable RF Front End Architectures


Principal Technology Strategist




The Path to 5G Sub-6GHz Mobile Devices and Beyond


Director, Carrier Liaison & Standards




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Technology Enablers, continued

  • What Kind of RFFE Will 5G Broadband Devices Need?
  • New and Adaptable Waveforms
  • Radio and antenna system integration in smartphones for 5G systems
  • Power Amplifiers
  • Digital Pre-distortion
  • Assessing crystal BAW filter technology and polycrystalline BAW filter technologies
  • Filtering requirements
  • Technical demands 5G architecture will put on handsets and systems (bandwidth, linearity, bands, power handling, rejection, etc).

Advancements in Bulk Acoustic Wave Filter Technology for 5G Mobile


VP, Business Development




Managing the Explosion of RF Filters Required for 5G Evolution Handsets


Director, Product Management



12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Technology Enablers, continued

  • Phone architecture in 5-6 GHz range, Filter requirements and the projection towards the mm-wave integration
  • Passive component issues with new bandwidths and mmWave
  • Device-to-Device front-end design issues
  • Power consumption in eMBB applications for very high data-rate & latency
  • Challenges and implications to support sub 6GHz and mmWave 5G in mobile user equipment
  • Expectations of the link budget and use cases associated with mm wave in mobile user eq. A definition of types of UEs that would include mm wave.
  • Challenges and key bottlenecks for mm-Wave front-ends. Expected array configurations for mmW 5G smartphones.
  • What are the major technical challenges for the integration of mmWave in 5G mobile user equipment?
  • Will beam-forming and tracking also be at the UE side? why?


High Performance Silicon Technologies for Radio Interface of sub 6GHz 5G Handsets


Director, Strategic Applications




Advanced GaAs PA Technology for LTE and 5G User Equipment and Infrastructure


Sr. Vice President






Looking Beyond Smartphones to IoT and CPE Devices


Director, Global Operator Relations



3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

Test & Validation

  • On the way to 5G one trend seems to be clear, the need for larger bandwidth. This will only be possible by using additional frequencies, especially in the higher frequency ranges, such as mm-wave
  • Challenges of future test and measurement aspects including:
    • over the air connection to the UE in R&D and production environments
    • power consumption analysis and component verification
  • Testing of the beamforming patterns and tuned filtering during development and validation
  • What level of testing is required in production?
  • Testing challenges and strategies
  • Antenna measurement challenges
  • Front end module architecture and test method
  • Specific test challenges associated with use of mmWave frequencies
  • Practical antenna design for mmWave. How many arrays, where placed? How will hand/head blocking be mitigated and implications on test methods.
  • Antenna & RF front end multiplexing challenges for 4x4 MIMO TX chain linearity challenges with 5G new modulation schemes
  • Trade-offs in antenna location, non-ideal antenna isolation, beamforming plans and how this influences the overall architecture
  • High order MIMO on handsets antenna directivity in high-frequency bands & impact to mobile handset
  • How effective can beamforming be at various frequencies and mobile velocities?
  • mmWave antenna design for UE/CPE
  • Implications on antenna architectures for mmWave (MIMO, beamforming)
  • Antenna consideration regarding mmWave - number of component carriers and number of antenna in the UE side
  • How many mmWave bands to be supported in one phone?
  • CSI and beamforming procedure and measurement and report in sub 6GHz
  • Massive MIMO
  • Addressing primary differences in 5G antenna design: interface between the antenna and RFFE; use of arrays instead of single antennas; reliance on beamsteering
  • Supporting higher gain with arrays of small antennas
  • Coping with beamwidth reduction
  • Beamsteering and beamscanning approaches

Test & Measurement Aspects of Future UE Architectures


Technology Manager




4:20 PM

Closing Discussion

Key take-aways, issues and actions, led by host

7:00 PM

Evening Reception for 5G End-to-End Networks <6GHz Workshop

At hotel


  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: Monday, March 6, 2017.

  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 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.

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  5. Hotel information?

    Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
    13869 Park Center Road
    Herndon, VA 20171
    Phone: 1-703-478-2900
    Hotel Website

    The IWPC room block rate is $159.00.

    The cut-off date for reservations is Thursday, March 2, 2017. After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate. You can make your reservations on-line at:

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

    Directions and 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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