Advanced 5G Phased-Arrays and Transceivers Using Silicon Technologies: THE END OF THE MARCONI ERA IS NEAR
Due to the increased demand for data, there is a need for base-station and mobile-user phased-arrays which can provide high-capacity data services through directional links. Therefore, there is an amazing investment by the telecom industry in this sector. Today, both digital-beamforming at the element level (sub-6 GHz) and hybrid (i.e. analog/digital) beamforming for the mm-waves bands (28 GHz, 39 GHz and 60 GHz) are being developed for next-generation 5G telecom systems with high EIRP, low noise and 4×4 MIMO capabilities. These phased-arrays can sustain 8-12 Gbps links at 300 meters without any calibration and with < 10 W of DC power consumption. This revolution in phased-array technology is changing the way we communicate, from the old systems based on low-gain transmitters and receivers, to the new phased-array and MIMO systems with high-gain transmitters and receivers, and resulting in 10-100x increase the system capacity. The talk will present the latest advances in this area and show state-of-the-art hardware demonstrations.
Prof. Gabriel M. Rebeiz is Member of the National Academy, Distinguished Professor and the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He is an IEEE Fellow, and is the recipient of the IEEE Daniel E. Nobel Medal, the IEEE MTT Microwave Prize (2000 and 2014), the IEEE MTT 2010 Distinguished Educator Award and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation 2011 John D. Kraus Antenna Award. His group has lead the development of complex RFICs for phased array applications from X-band to W-band, culminating recently in wafer-scale integration with high-efficiency on-chip antennas. His phased array work is now used by most companies developing complex communication and radar systems. He has graduated nearly 100 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.