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Antenna Systems 2010

Antenna Systems 2010 brings the entire value-chain of antennas and antenna systems together – antenna manufacturers, dealers,
integrators, end-users and subsystem suppliers. This two-day international conference, taking place October 19-20 at the Gaylord
Texan in Dallas, TX, is focused on the latest and most important advancements in antenna systems and technology.

Who Should Attend - The 2010 Antenna Systems Conference addresses the information needs of these technical
and management professionals:

OEMs whose products incorporate antennas:


• Design engineers, CTOs, advanced technology strategists and analysts with manufacturers who integrate antennas into
their products. Serving development professionals whose products depend upon state-of-the art wireless communica-
tions technology for optimal and competitive performance.

Carriers & Operators of Communication Systems:


• Engineering, technical and operations professionals responsible for communication systems that utilize cellular, microwave,
satellite, broadband, radio, radar, short-range and other wireless services and technologies. Serving system design, service, test
and operations professionals.

Manufacturers of Antennas & Communications Equipment:


• Engineering, management, market development and technical professionals with manufacturers of antennas and wireless communica-
tions products such as base stations, satcom, gps and rfid units.

Suppliers of Components, Materials, Design & Integration Services, Test Equipment

If the performance of your product or service depends on an antenna,


this conference is for you!

Why You Should Attend


• Gain knowledge from industry experts that will increase your technical skill set, improve employee worth
• More than 20 focused technical sessions
• Discover how recent technical advancements will impact your product performance
• The chance to network with top design engineers, technical experts, leading wireless service providers and potential
business partners
• Hands-on access to new products & technology being featured in the interactive exhibit hall
• Informative pre-conference workshop opportunities

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Pre-Conference Workshops: Monday, 10/18

Half-Day Workshop: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch & Learn Workshop: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Half-Day Workshop: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Advanced Computational Tools for MIMO OTA Testing for 4G Wireless Antennas for Wireless Communications:
Antenna Design & Placement Devices and More! Basic Principles & System Applications
Recent advances in computational electromagnetic tools MIMO Over-the-Air (OTA) testing is an accurate and cost- This half-day short course will present the basic principles
made antenna design possible along with integration of effective solution for complex MIMO device testing. This of antennas as applied to wireless communication systems.
antennas on various ground, sea and air platforms. Full workshop will explain the fundamentals of MIMO OTA test- The fundamental types of antennas (electrically small, res-
wave techniques such as Method of Moments (MoM), ing and present a simple test solution. It will provide an un- onant, broadband, and aperture) will be discussed, includ-
Multilevel Fast Multipole Method (MLFMM) along with as- derstanding of system performance and present the core ing examples of popular antennas for base stations and
ymptotic techniques such as Physical Optics (PO), Geo- elements that facilitate systematic and repeatable perfor- for satellite, vehicular and handheld terminals. Array an-
metrical Optics (GO) and Uniform Theory of Diffraction mance measurement of MIMO devices. The presentation tenna basics will be introduced. Special considerations for
(UTD) will be reviewed. During this workshop, various will highlight not only technical features of the system but popular systems such as cellular radio and ultra-wideband
antenna design applications will be examined. Also a full- also present commercial benefits of this emerging testing radio will be presented. The presentation will conclude with
size air, ground and sea platforms are considered and the technology that is in use today by several major wireless a photo presentation of antennas in practice.
frequency limit is pushed at different bands using several device manufacturers. Practical topics will be reviewed,
numerical techniques. A benchmark study of computa- such as anechoic chamber versus reverberation chamber WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
tional resources required by available computational tools test environments, the impact of the EUT on the test an- • Engineers involved in antenna design
for electrically large platforms will be presented. tenna type and quantity, the importance of test software to • Wireless Systems Engineers
automate the calibration test execution and data collection • Managers of application programs
WHAT ATTENDEES WILL LEARN: process, as well as other important considerations for suc- using antennas
The main goal of this workshop is to introduce state-of-the- cessful MIMO OTA testing. By the conclusion of the work-
art computational tools for antenna design. An overview shop, attendees will have a good understanding of the key REGISTRATION: $495
will be given of various numerical techniques available for technology required to achieve optimal 4G performance of
antenna design in the commercially available EM model- wireless devices and be prepared for the new, exciting 4G
ling tool - FEKO. Various antenna design applications us- launch in 2011.
ing FEKO will be examined.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: REGISTRATION: (includes lunch) Instructor:


Antenna Designers, Antenna System Engineers, RFID De- $150 – For Antenna Systems Conference Attendees Dr. Warren Stutzman • Virginia Tech &
signers, Program Managers for Antenna System Develop- $200 – For non-Antenna Systems Conference Attendees Maxtena, Inc.
ment

REGISTRATION: $495 Instructor:


Bryan Sayler • ETS-Lindgren

Instructor:
Dr. CJ Reddy • EM Software & Systems

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October 19th - Conference Program 10:10


Latest Advancements in Techniques Bring Cost Effective Design
7:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast and Manufacture of Miniature, Dielectric Cell Phone Antennas
Learn about the new, disruptive technology, advanced materials, design
freedoms and print forming techniques taking us a giant leap forward to
8:05 Opening Address
cost effective manufacture of miniature, dielectric cell phone antennas.
See why print forming is the cost effective choice when producing com-
8:10 Keynote Presentation plex devices with multiple materials at the miniature scale. Dielectric cell
Wireless Eco-System and Its Implication on Hardware Design phone antennas must be built more rugged than ever before for high per-
Historical trends suggest that a disruptive technology does present itself formance. They must have multiple materials and high bandwidth, yet
every 10 years or so. Since the advent of the mobile phone this periodic they must be forged to a miniature scale no larger than a grain of rice.
event seems to have been quite accurate. As of 2007 we have witnessed Arthur L. Chait, President and CEO • EoPlex Technologies, Inc.
such an event with the introduction of the iPhone. The underlying implica-
tion of this product is still not clear to this day as the rippling effects are still 10:55
being felt across the legacy industry player. Today we are talking about a
Modular Frequency Up Conversion for
new eco-system in which hardware is no longer essential but where the
content user is. Learn how are these events transforming our industry and
Antenna Ranges
NSI offers a series of frequency up and down conversion units that al-
how it will shape the antenna world and its supplier base.
lows for the upgrade of existing antenna test ranges. These conversion
Alessandro Perrotta, Corporate VP • Amphenol
units allow users to expand the upper frequency range of an antenna test
range without replacing the existing sources and receiver. The units also
9:15 allow for the mixing process to take place close to the source antenna and
Antenna Array Analysis the AUT, minimizing loss and maximizing dynamic range. The conversion
This presentation will detail a proposed workflow for antenna array analy- units cover distinct bands spanning 20 GHz to 500 GHz.
sis with commercial 3D EM simulation software. The analysis ranges from Bruce Williams, Electronic Products Manager • Nearfield Systems, Inc.
element level to finite arrays to installed performance and will be shown in
the form of demonstration.
RF Fiber Optic Antenna Remoting
Ian Wood, Application Engineer • CST of America, Inc.
The ever increasing proliferation and reliance on RF systems has necessitated the
need for robust, secure and distributed network topologies. As a result, the defense
New Developments in Embedded LTE Antennas for and commercial industry is incorporating optical fiber cabling in lieu of coaxial cables
4G Mobile Devices or waveguides within major communications and weapons systems. This trend has put
The antenna system represents a potential bottleneck in achieving the increased demands on the RF performance of optical links to achieve ever improved
full LTE data throughput in mobile devices because of the conflicting re- Spurious Free Dynamic Range (SFDR) capabilities. Hear the current capabilities, in-
quirements and support of the 700 MHz bands. Adding to the complexity, tegration techniques, system performance enhancements and lessons learned in the
MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) has also been designed into the deployment of Fiber Optic Antenna Links (FOAL). The presenters shall provide a techni-
LTE specification, which allows for multiple antennas per mobile device cal overview of the critical design elements, component specifications and generic link
but requiring even greater isolation, low correlation and high matched ef- budget analysis required to identify and assess RF Photonic Links as key building blocks
ficiencies. These extra requirements have to be maintained on devices in antenna remoting.
that still have stringent size requirements. Learn about a novel class of Richard Stewart, Director of Engineering
embedded antennas, which covers all cellular bands between 698 MHz and 2,700 MHz Joshua Korson, RF / Optical Systems Engineer
with a high efficiency and are small enough to be building blocks of a MIMO system for a Microwave Photonic Systems
small mobile device.
Devis Iellici, Director of R&D • Antenova Ltd
11:40 Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

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1:45 Active Antenna Systems for 4G


Ridged Waveguide Slot Array for Omni Directional Base Station LTE and 4G is rapidly becoming a reality. Since LTE’s ultimate benefits
Antenna include spectrum efficiency, increased capacity and data rates and low-
The simplest antenna to use for a base station of a wireless system is an ered cost per bit, to date, more than 50 operators across the globe have
omnidirectional antenna. However, the standard dipole antenna does not publicly committed to launching LTE within the next two years. Hear about
have sufficient gain. To increase the gain, designers usually stack many the antenna implementation complexities of bringing the 700 MHz and 2.6
dipole antennas vertically, feeding each one with an appropriate phase GHz bands needed for support of 4G/LTE into mobile devices while con-
shift. Such a configuration is not easy to construct mechanically and will be tinuing to service the existing bands resident in today’s handset.
expensive as well. A waveguide slot array could resolve both the mechani- Jeff Shamblin, Chief Technical Officer • Ethertronics
cal and feed problems. However, it faces a problem of nonuniform radiation
on the azumuth plane. Learn how to solve this problem by replacing the 3:10
rectangular waveguide by a rectangular ridged waveguide. Small Antennas on PCB FR4
George Chen, Consultant • Victory Microwave Corp. Hear case study results on the steps to scale small antenna design on PCB boards while
keeping the same bandwidth, radiation resistance and efficiency. Empirical design of small
Multi-Band Satellite Communications Antenna Systems PCB antennas can be costly and time consuming when trying to port an existing design
Development and Applications to a new layout. Attend this session to learn how to keep the design cost low, design time
Multiband satellite communications solutions are becoming more necessary as solutions minimum and maintain antenna performance.
look for ways to enhance the capabilities of antenna systems to supply increased capacity. Rea Schmid, Sr. RF Engineer • Texas Instruments
The use of feed systems that allow the antenna to operate in multiple bands simultaneously
or switch between bands is desirable on antennas that are not accessible or where real 3:50
estate does not allow multiple antennas. Multiband solutions are available in the market Adding Arbitrary Antennas for Down Range Propagation with
for maritime use, airborne use, vehicle use and teleport use. Learn why multiband satellite Moving Window FDTD
communications solutions make sense and how it helps to achieve life cycle cost savings. Propagation models represent the physical environment in order to predict signal strength in
Mark D. Cavalier, Principal Systems Engineer different scenarios without having to take actual measurements. More accurate inputs lead
Overwatch Systems to more accurate predictions. FDTD techniques are traditionally used to solve 3-D antenna
problems with high accuracy. Moving Window Finite Difference Time Domain (MWFDTD)
2:30 uses this same method for accurate long range 2-D propagation prediction. The addition of
Fast Solver Technology for the Simulation of Planar aperture synthesis techniques to this framework allows arbitrary antenna patterns from 3-D
Antenna Arrays: The Next 10 Years antenna models to be applied to this 2-D framework. The patterns are formed by 2-D wave-
The purpose of this talk is to educate the audience about fast solver meth- guides arrays using the Woodward-Lawson pattern synthesis technique.
ods for planar antennas. The methods are relatively new to electromagnet- Kyle Labowski, Electromagnetics Engineer • Remcom, Inc.
ic simulation codes, and not as well known as the fast, multipole methods
used for wire antenna and scattering problems. Learn how the techniques New Multi-Polarized Science & Antenna Technology for
work, as well as their limitations and pitfalls. Predictions will be made as Real-World Wireless
to the size of arrays that can be solved in 10 years, where it is assumed Hear real-world problems and analysis of why problems exist and how
Moore’s law continues to hold. Multi-Polarized antenna science addresses these issues. Learn how a
Dr. John Dunn, Senior Engineering Consultant • AWR Corp. new generation of multipolarized antenna products significantly outper-
forms previous technology, improving weak, obstructed signals and in-
creasing throughput.
Dr. Jack Nilsson, Chief Research Scientist • MP Antenna Ltd.

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4:30 10:00
4G Antenna Challenges, Strategies & Opportunities Microwave Antenna Near Field Power Estimation
Operators can make significant progress in reducing the cost of WiMAX, The far field power density of fixed point to point microwave antennas is
LTE and other 4G cellular networks through the selection of high-perfor- well known. However, the near field power density has not been exten-
mance, cost-effective antennas. Discuss how network technology is ex- sively studied. With the wide deployment of small high frequency anten-
pected to evolve to meet the needs of mobile WiMAX, LTE and the role an- nas, interest in this issue has increased from a public safety perspective.
tennas play in enabling OEMs and operators to deploy, adjust and optimize Various government agencies and the IEEE have established public pro-
mobile 4G coverage for higher data rates and reduced costs. OEMs and tection radiation exposure limits but related methods of accurately deter-
operators will gain direct insight into the obstacles they face and how they mining exposure are lacking. This paper provides simple but accurate
can overcome these challenges through the development of antenna platforms that allow formulas for calculating near field power density for circular and square aperture antennas
a degree of customization to support the variety of emerging requirements for 4G systems. typically used in fixed point to point microwave systems.
Rishi Bharadwaj, VP of Product Management & Marketing • PCTEL George Kizer, President • TeleVision, Inc.

5:00 Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall SATCOM-On-The-Move Antenna Tracking with Monopulse
SATCOM-On-The-Move systems present unique challenges for antenna tracking sys-
October 20 - Conference Program
th tems. Traditionally, satellite beacons have been used for closed-loop tracking. Designing
antenna tracking loops to operate on communication traffic introduces issues that must
be carefully considered. Learn about these issues and hear about a closed-loop tracking
7:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast technique. The communication system performance benefits of the monopulse approach
will be presented in comparison to traditional tracking techniques.
8:10 Featured Presentation William S. Sward, Engineering Manager • RT Logic, Inc.
The Next, Next Generation: Antenna Designs for When LTE
Challenges Get Even Harder 10:45
Everyone is working on LTE, and the devices are coming soon. The first Radome Impacts and Implications for Antenna
LTE devices will support just enough frequency bands for 3G and 4G net- System Engineers
works, and antenna suppliers are working on a variety of band-switching The radome is the first component in the RF chain of an antenna system.
solutions to support these needs. This hasn’t been an easy feat given As such, its characteristics can have a significant impact on the perfor-
the MIMO requirements of 4G, but the technical challenges will get even mance of the entire system. Radome impacts on system performance
harder. The market will ultimately demand 4G world phones and devices can include EIRP, noise temperature, sidelobes and cross polarization
that can seamlessly roam need to cover more frequencies. SkyCross will and bore-site error. This presentation is for antenna and system engi-
discuss the importance of balanced efficiency across multiple resonators neers, program managers and purchasing agents interested in learning
and describe antenna solutions that solve the challenges of LTE. about the types of radomes available, expected performance, limitations
Frank M. Caimi, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Scientist • SkyCross, Inc. and the physics of radome operation. Various sandwich structures and materials will be
presented including their RF properties.
9:15 Lance Griffiths, PhD, Radome Design Engineer • MFG Galileo Composites
Delivering State of the MIMO Antenna with
OTA Testing
Cellular proponents face relentless demand for ever-increasing data rates within existing
spectral constraints. Multi-antenna techniques are a necessity. However, traditional con-
ducted-signal mobile device testing is insufficient for the multi-antenna case, where antenna
spacing, polarization, correlation and more will have significant effects on the viability of
next-generation mobile devices. Hear about the state-of-the-art in multi-antenna testing, the
pros and cons of various proposed methods, and an up-to-date insider’s view of where the
industry seems to be headed.
Doug Reed, Solutions Architect • Spirent Communications

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Non-Interfering Multiple Output Antenna System 1:40


A novel approach to an antenna and beamforming system, NIMO (Non-Interfering Multiple The Trend of Wireless in Multi-Antenna, Multi-Band
Output), is introduced to overcome bandwidth and capacity limitations on dense wireless And Miniaturization Application
networks. The new system combines beamforming technology with MIMO, providing a Multi-antenna and multi-band design concept is an application trend in
higher quality of service (QoS) and supports transparent integration with any telecommu- current wireless communication devices requirement. For instance, in a
nication system. NIMO provides multiple narrow beams using a single antenna and pro- notebook, there are at least three to six antennas have to be built inside
vides improved characteristics compared to conventional beamforming techniques such the product. These antennas will need to design for LTE, WWAN, WLAN,
as reduced interference. Such a multibeam antenna system increases spectral efficiency, WPAN, GPS, WiMAX band. The critical antenna challenge is how to en-
user capacity and throughput, as well as QoS. The improved performance makes it well hance the antenna bandwidth, miniaturize antenna volume and solve the
suited for broadband wireless communications including mobile systems. electric magnetic coupling and SAR issue in this moment. Learn a novel wideband antenna
Thomas G. Economou, Chief Operations Officer • ETI, Inc. design to solve the bandwidth problem to cover WWAN and LTE band requirement and a
miniaturized IC Chip antenna to solve the space limited problem.
11:30 Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall Alan Tang, RF Chief Technical Officer • Auden Techno Corp.

1:00 2:20
Practical Measurement Approaches for Complex Accelerating Wireless TIS Measurements with the
Small Antenna Systems Reverberation Chamber
Even though the size requirements of wireless devices are becoming The Total Isotropic Sensitivity (TIS) measurement of a mobile phone, laptop and USB mo-
more constrained, their functional requirements continue to increase. To- dem has a direct impact on the downlink data-rate experienced by the end-user. The TIS
day’s devices require an increasingly complex system of multiple anten- values also provide insight to the wireless operator into the system capacity, i.e. the num-
nas to cover the various frequency bands, diversity requirements and ber of simultaneous users. Both end-users and operators are therefore interested in wire-
adjunct applications such as GPS, Wi-Fi, television and emergency sys- less devices with good TIS performance. While TIS performance is very hard to simulate
tems. Given the small space requirements, the many antennas are bound accurately with software, it can be measured with good accuracy. Over the last several
to interact with each other as well as the dense electronics and chassis of years reverberation chambers have been shown to be useful for direct tests of antenna
the device itself. The presentation describes important metrics used to characterize such efficiency, TRP, TIS, antenna diversity gain and MIMO capacity. Also, the reverberation
systems and then illustrates the methods used to quickly achieve measurement insight. chambers can be made much smaller than a typical anechoic chamber. When combined
The primary focus will be on free-space measurements using reference chambers with with the potential speed improvements, these chambers offer some unique advantages
a focus on passive, in-system testing of multi-antenna systems. Both anechoic and re- to device development processes. This presentation will describe how TIS measurements
verberation chamber methods will be discussed with an overview of calibration and test in Bluetest’s reverberation chambers can be made in only three minutes per channel and
equipment requirements. provide comparative results with tests made in traditional anechoic chambers.
Derek Skousen, Product Marketing Analyst • MI Technologies Kjell Olovsson, Vice President of Sales & Business Development • Bluetest AB

2:50 Conclusion of Conference

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Sponsors & Exhibitors:

For exhibit and sponsorship information, please contact Laura Mayo at 720-528-3770 ext 130 or at lauram@infowebcom.com.

Registration Information:
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Register after August 19th $995 If two people from your company will be attending the To receive consideration, all cancellations must be re-
conference, $100 will be deducted from each attend- ceived in writing. Upon receipt, a refund or credit will
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Co-Located Events

For the first time ever, six leading market-fo-


cused events will be co-located and share a
combined exhibit hall. Together, it means an
unusually strong learning and networking op-
portunity for design engineers, system engi-
neers, manufacturing and facility managers, Battery Power 2010 highlights the latest develop-
control and wireless communication special- ments and technologies in the battery industry. Top- Energy Efficiency Expo 2010, a new trade fair show-
ists, as well as management executives from ics will include new battery designs, emerging tech- casing products and services to help organizations
nologies, battery materials, power management, reduce their energy consumption and become more
multiple industries and markets throughout
charging and testing systems, battery health, as well energy-effi cient. The event is designed to address the
North America. needs of managers and engineers who are respon-
as the latest market trends affecting the industry.
www.batterypoweronline.com sible for facilities, manufacturing and industrial opera-
Antenna Systems 2010 attendees will have tions, equipment and machinery, fl eets and mobile
access to shared exhibit hall. workforces in business, industrial and institutional en-
vironments, as well as product and system designers.
The upgrade registration options for the co- www.energyefficiencyexpo2010.com
located conferences allow attendees to select
sessions that suit their particular needs. An
upgraded registration includes access to ses-
sions and conference proceedings.
Thermal Management and Technology Symposium
2010 is a conference highlighting the latest advance-
Attend One Additional Conference: $150 ments in thermal technology for product design. Top-
Attend Two Additional Conferences: $250 ics will include new thermal technology, commercial Remote 2010 Conference and Expo will focus on the
Attend Three Additional Conferences: $300 applications, recent research and development in leading advancements for the monitoring and man-
thermal science, and the latest trends in thermal ma- agement of distributed equipment and facilities, re-
(excludes EMCW) terials, products and systems. mote assets, infrastructure and device networks.
www.thermalnews.com www.remotemagazine.com

The Electrical Manufacturing and Coil Winding Expo provides presentations related to the
latest design and manufacturing technologies of transformers, permanent magnets, AC/DC
motors, electrical coils and components.
www.electricalmanufacturing.org

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