Workshop on Millimeter-Wave Antenna Technologies for 5G and Beyond

30-31 March 2017

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The world-first standard for the 5th generation (5G) wireless communications was unveiled when the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) passed unanimously the Spectrum Frontiers vote on 14 July 2016, opening up a total of 3.85 GHz licensed spectrum in 28, 37 and 39 GHz bands and a new unlicensed band at 64-71 GHz. Further notice for future FCC ruling includes bands above 95 GHz. The addition of the 64-71 GHz band to the existing 57-64 GHz WiGig makes available 14 GHz of contiguous unlicensed spectrum, which paves the runway in launching new and exciting enabling technologies that cannot be even conceived today.

Advancing millimeter-wave (MMW) antenna technologies to provide fiber-like wireless connectivity has been one of our main research goals. The research team boosts 5 antenna experts including 4 Fellows of IEEE, the Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue of Proceedings of the IEEE on Antennas in Wireless Communications and the Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. The team was also conferred a second-class honor in the 2011 State Technological Invention Award. In addition, the laboratory has near-field, far-field and compact range antenna measurement facilities, covering from 700 MHz to 1.1 THz.

The workshop targets antenna practitioners who have general knowledge in antenna designs for mobile devices and base-station antennas at microwave frequencies and would like to learn the latest developments in MMW antennas to prepare for the coming of the 5G era. MMW antennas and arrays fabricated by PCB, 3D printing, LTCC and antenna in package (AIP) technologies will be covered in the 1 day workshop and followed by a half day optional MMW antenna measurement demonstration.