RFIC Symposium 2019
Staff Scientist RF Architecture & Design
New applications and techniques for a bright 5G and IoT future
During various full-day workshops, the speakers provided the community with in-depth understanding of new design techniques in the field of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).
As part of the "RF Circuit Design: Technologies for Tomorrow" workshop, which Gernot Hueber helped organize, Mirjana Videnović-Mišić (SAL) talked about "Body biasing in 28nm UTBB FD-SOI CMOS technology - a device approach to the circuit design". In her presentation, she explained body biasing technique advantage given to a mixer-first receiver design from the device perspective.
Workshop attendees also received new input on how to discover and investigate new design techniques using state of the edge technology. The workshop focused on enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low-latency self-driving car communication and Massive Machine learning and provided the community with in-depth understanding of new and underlying FDSOI CMOS capability (extended back biasing, flip-well, etc.), FinFET and GaN technologies, followed by advanced RFIC examples such as wideband GaN circulators and 60GHz CMOS. Both experienced designers and early researchers were equipped with a broad and deep overview of technology for the next generation RFIC design, including an introduction to emerging 3D and heterogeneous technology combining high-speed InP with digital CMOS for RFIC.
At the "Design Challenges in 5G IoT" workshop, also co-organized by Gernot Hueber, the speakers focused on novel applications and network techniques that are demanding the RFIC designers to discover and investigate new designs to allow the high volume of use-cases based on and beyond 5G. For instance, new applications in high volume deployment that will benefit from 5G’s ultra-fast networks and real-time responsiveness, including solar-powered nodes (street-light) or other innovations that enhance city-wide infrastructures or public safety communications were discussed during the workshop.