• MicroApps: Qualifying RF Systems for 5G Using Off the Shelf Parts Without Iterations
    This presentation by Rulon VanDyke of Keysight Technologies, Inc., demonstrates using simulation and measured data how real world specs in these parts; e.g. frequency dependence, affect digital modulation metrics such as EVM, ACPR and BER. Through modulated RF budget analysis, we can quickly identify and correct the parts in the RF system chain that impact these metrics to eliminate design iterations.
  • IMS 2015 Keynote: Soft Assemblies of Radios, Sensors and Circuits for the Skin
    University of Illinois professor and engineer Dr. John Rogers discusses the past, present and future of wearable technology, such as biocompatible devices that work with human skin. Dr. Rogers showcases examples of these devices and explores motivation behind their data tracking capabilities in health and medicine.
  • MicroApps: Open Systems Architecture for RF and Microwave Technologies
    This presentation by Lorne Graves of Mercury Systems, Inc. guides systems engineers through the various challenges from a typical digital and RFM Open Systems Architectures. The issues addressed will range from connectivity, control, data path, to RF isolation.
  • IMS 2015 Keynote: Don't be bored – create something!
    2015 high school graduate Joey Hudy, named one of the top 10 smartest kids in the world by Business Insider magazine, delivers a presentation about his experience as an aspiring engineer. He showcases various projects that led him to participate in Maker Faire, ultimately gaining the recognition of Intel and the White House. An avid maker, Hudy encourages engineers to collaborate with students in an effort to share their knowledge.
  • MicroApps: Microwave PCB Structure Selection Microstrip vs. Grounded Coplanar Waveguide
    This presentation by John Coonrod of Rogers Corp. begins with an overview of each structure regarding the physical construction, field definitions, wave propagation modes and components of insertion loss. The GCPW circuits considered in this presentation have different coupling, such as loosely coupled, moderate and tightly coupled. Following the overview is a discussion regarding the effects of copper surface roughness concerning phase response and insertion loss for microstrip and the different coupled GCPW circuits.
  • MicroApps: PCB Fabrication Influences on Microwave Performance
    This presentation by John Coonrod of Rogers Corp. gives a quick overview of insertion loss and define the common microwave structures (microstrip, grounded coplanar waveguide and stripline) which will be considered for PCB influences. Following is a breakdown of the PCB fabrication variables related to impedance control, concluding with results from studies evaluating PCB fabrication influences regarding insertion loss.
  • MicroApps: Broadband IQ, Image Reject, and Single Sideband Mixers
    This talk by Douglas Jorgesen of Marki Microwave, Inc. examines the elements of IQ, image reject (IR), and single sideband mixers (SSB). Impact of the performance specs of the quadrature hybrid, power divider, and mixer components on overall IQ mixer performance are examined, with a view of the bandwidth achievable with various fabrication methodologies.
  • MicroApps: How to Optimize the Performance of Your RF Layout
    This presentation by Jack Sifri of Keysight Technologies, Inc. discusses the importance of parameterization and EM optimization on your final design. It accounts for all coupling effects and brings the output results in spec prior to going to fabrication thus helping to achieve first pass success. Sifri covers a practical and effective methodology to fix this challenging problem by parameterizing the layout and performing EM optimization prior to going to fabrication.
  • IMS 2015 Keynote: The Century of Biology is Great for Engineering
    In this talk, Dr. Darlene J.S. Solomon of Agilent Technologies provides insight into Agilent’s transformation, the century of biology, and the significant opportunities it presents for engineering contribution. Solomon refers to expanding our knowledge of living systems to the point where we can develop biology-based solutions to some of our planet’s largest societal challenges — healthcare, energy and the environment.

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