Location: EDIT room (3364), Hörsalsvägen 11. Coffee will be served from 9.45
Title: Antennas-on-chip in Silicon technologies
Speaker: Prof. Dr. ir. Bart Smolders, Eindhoven University of Technology
Abstract: Recent breakthroughs in the development of CMOS and BiCMOS silicon semiconductor technologies have opened the opportunity to develop low-cost single-chip integrated millimeter-wave (mm-wave) transceivers with integrated antennas. This development is further accelerated by several commercial applications which are currently in the development phase: (i) the expected roll-out in 2020-2025 of 5G mm-wave wireless communication operating at 30 GHz, (ii) 60 GHz Wifi, and (iii) 80 GHz car radar. At these frequencies, two integration strategies for the antenna element are being investigated: the Antenna-on-Chip (AoC) solutions and the Antenna-in-Package (AiP) solutions, i.e., antennas that are integrated in the package technology of the integrated circuit (IC). In the presentation, some background information on IC and packaging technologies will be provided and several examples of prototypes for various applications will be given.
Bart Smolders was born in Hilvarenbeek, the Netherlands in 1965. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 1989 and 1994, respectively. From 1989 to 1991, he worked as an IC Designer at FEL-TNO, The Hague. From 1994 to 1997, he was a Radar System Designer with Thales, the Netherlands. From 1997 to 2000, he was project leader of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) with the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON). From 2000 to 2010, he has been with NXP (formerly Philips) Semiconductors, The Netherlands, responsible for the innovation in the RF business line. Since 2010, he is a full-time professor at the TU/e in the Electromagnetics Group with special interest in antenna systems and applications. He currently leads a large European project on mm-wave 5G wireless communications (SILIKA), in which Chalmers University also participates. He is chairman of the IEEE Benelux section and chairman of the NERG (Nederlands Radio- en Elektronica Genootschap). Next to his research activities, he is the dean of the Electrical Engineering department.