RFIC Sympo­sium 2019

DI Dr. Mirjana Videnovic-Misic
Staff Scientist RF Architecture & Design

On June 2nd, renowned SAL expert Mirjana Vide­nović-Mišić gave a talk at the IEEE Radio Frequency Inte­grated Circuits Sympo­siom (RFIC) in Boston, Massa­chu­setts, where she presented leading RFIC know-how to the RF commu­nity. Gernot Hueber, Prin­cipal Scien­tist & Head of Re­search Unit RF (Radio Frequency) at SAL, co-orga­nized world-class work­shops at the leading inter­na­tional sympo­sium and was involved in the orga­niza­tion and success of the confe­rence as tech­nical program cas well as stee­ring committee member.

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.