Going from Microwaves to MM-Waves: What's the Same, What's Different
Thursday, February 08, 2018 14:00 until 15:00 EST
With the rapid development of mm-wave (30 - 300 GHz) communications standards, and the availability of off-the-shelf components to enable these developments, the future EW and SIGINT practitioner will be called on to develop high quality receivers to match. Although Maxwell's equations may hold from DC to daylight, the same cannot be said for the design tools and techniques; similarly, there are some significant differences (and important similarities!) when moving system design from the microwave (3 - 30 GHz) to the mm-wave spectrum.
This talk presents a broad overview of these similarities and dissimilarities, starting with atmospheric propagation characteristics and an overview of the current systems operating in the band. The talk will then look in detail at components, materials, and packaging technology, as well as pointing out some issues in design and simulation. Finally, the presentation concludes with some notes on guided media and interconnects, as well as a discussion of equipment and measurement techniques.
Tinus Stander completed his B.Eng and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in 2005 and 2009, respectively. From 2010 to 2012 he served as RF and microwave engineer at Denel Dynamics (a division of Denel SOC LTD) before joining the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics (Dept. Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering) at the University of Pretoria in 2013. He currently serves as principal investigator in microwave and mm-wave microelectronics at the Institute, with a personal research interest in the modeling and application of distributed passives on-chip as well as mm-wave metrology. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 international peer-reviewed publications, and holds two patents in the field of RF microelectronics. He is also registered as Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and regularly consults to industry in this capacity.
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