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Wireless Communication and Applications Above 100 GHz: Opportunities and Challenges for 6G & Beyond

Recorded Webinar
Feb 28, 2019
Presented by Professor Theodore Rappaport, NYU WIRELESS

Wireless Communication and Applications Above 100 GHz: Opportunities and Challenges for 6G & Beyond

Dr Ted Rappaport of NYU Wireless and his colleagues have published this invited paper on the promises of mmWave bands and their use. This landmark work on 6G and frequencies above 100 GHz explores these promising bands for the next generation of wireless communication systems. This work was motivated in part by the mmWave coalition’s efforts to open up spectrum above 95 GHz.

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Sub-THz Wireless Comm. & Sensing

 – A Perspective on Device, Circuit, and System

Presentation by Georgia Tech & Global Foundries
May 9, 2019

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Hua Wang is an associate professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Georgia Institute of Technology and the director of Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-System (GEMS) lab. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Dr. Wang’s areas of research include innovative mixed-signal, RF, and mm-Wave integrated circuits and hybrid systems for wireless communication, radar, imaging, and bioelectronics applications. He received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2018, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015, the IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2017, the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award in 2016, the Georgia Tech ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award in 2015, and the Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. He held the Demetrius T. Paris Professorship from 2014 to 2018. Dr. Wang is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (MWCL) and a Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC). He is a Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member for IEEE ISSCC, RFIC, CICC, and BCICTS conferences. He is a Steering Committee Member for IEEE RFIC and CICC. He is a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) for the term of 2018-2019. He serves as the Chair of the Atlanta’s IEEE CAS/SSCS joint chapter that won the IEEE SSCS Title: Solutions for 5G mmWave from Silicon to Antenna Integrated Modules.

Ned Cahoon received the A.B. degree in physics from Harvard University in 1980. He joined IBM in 1980 in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he worked in engineering and management positions responsible for DRAM reliability and assurance in IBM’s Data System Division. In 1988, he moved to IBM’s Microelectronics Division where he contributed to the research and development of AlGaAs and InP laser technology. Beginning in 1991, he managed engineering teams in IBM’s MLC packaging lab and manufacturing plant. In 1995, he was part of a new business initiative within IBM with the mission to develop and commercialize SiGe technology, and he has been involved in the RF Business Unit of IBM and now GLOBALFOUNDRIES ever since. He is currently a Director at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, responsible for business development of SiGe and RFSOI technologies.  

Anirban Bandyopadhyay is the Director, Business Development within GLOBALFOUNDRIES, USA and is located at Hopewell Junction, New York. His work is currently focused on hardware architecture & technology evaluations and business development for different RF and mmWave applications. Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, he was with IBM Microelectronics for 8 years where he used to manage design enablement group for wireless applications and also led RF strategic applications and marketing. During 2000-2007, Dr. Bandyopadhyay was with Intel, California where he worked on different areas like Silicon Photonics, signal integrity in RF & Mixed signal SOC’s. He did his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India and Post-Doctoral research at Nortel, Canada and at Oregon State University, USA. He represents Global Foundries in different industry consortia on RF/mmWave applications and is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Devices Society.

FCC Releases DRAFT Report and Order

FCC Releases DRAFT Report and Order under Spectrum Horizons ET Docket 18-21 unlocks spectrum for unlicensed uses

February 22, 2019

The FCC, in its Report and Order dated February 22, 2019, is recognizing and promoting the development of >95GHz spectrum. In its response to many requests for action, including filings by the mmWave Coalition, the FCC responded with its R&O detailing plans for Opening these mmWave+ bands will prompt development of novel communications uses, such as instantaneous high-bandwidth video transmission, as well as other non-communication uses (such as novel spectroscopy and imaging, including detection of drugs and explosives, detection of cancerous tissue, and other materials analysis and sensing.) 

The R&O addresses two important uses and approaches: 1. Licensing procedures and 2. Unlicensed use. For licensed use, the Commission refers to its Spectrum Horizons Experimental Radio Licenses policy, which will consider applications for Experimental use in the 95 GHz to 3 THz bands. In this action, the FCC states that they “will not, by rule, preclude the use of any specific frequencies. By adopting this expansive approach to experimental licensing for these bands, we seek to foster an environment where innovators can develop new products…[the FCC is] hesitant to take any action that may stifle innovation.” 

On the unlicensed side, the following bands are open for business (a whopping 21.2 GHz spectrum): 116-123 GHz, 174.8-182 GHz, 185-190 GHz, and 244-246 GHz. This is not the large contiguous blocks of unlicensed use that the mmWave Coalition was seeking.

The full Report and Order can be found here

mmWave Coalition’s NTIA Comments

mmWave Coalition millimeter Waves

mmWave Coalition Urges NTIA to Broaden Spectrum Access

January 2019

The mmWave Coalition submitted comments to urge the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) to facilitate greater access to spectrum above 95 GHz for non-Federal use. At present, with minor exceptions, no licensed or unlicensed use of this spectrum is allowed under FCC rules. NTIA policies are key for access to these bands.  

The Coalition strongly advocates that spectrum policy changes are essential for the international competitiveness of the United States. Outside the US, R&D efforts are underway to exploit the unique characteristics of the millimeter wave frequencies.

The spectrum above 95 GHz is very different than the lower spectrum where many basic concepts of spectrum policy were developed over the past 80 years or so. Some of these technical differences include propagation characteristics that become much more dependent on directional antennas and encourage the development of adaptive beam-forming.

Many of our foreign economic competitors are actively pursuing use of this spectrum with coordinated government supported R&D and supportive national spectrum policies.

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Newsletter: January 2019

mmWave Coalition millimeter Waves

The mmWave Coalition met with Julius Knapp, Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology and an extended OET staff representatives. The meeting was a follow-up to an ex parté filing by the Coalition on the allocations above 95 GHz. Mike Marcus led the discussion and presented the Coalition’s position on wider, contiguous allocations. Uses for communications, spectroscopy and other applications present opportunities for use of the wide mmWave+ bands, known colloquially as “EHF,” or Extra High Frequency. The FCC, balancing other interests and incumbents, issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released as Docket 18-21 in February 2018.

The presentation by Mr. Marcus featured efforts underway internationally to promote R&D of various bands above 100 GHz. The message is that the US should be leading the development of technologies and applications for very high capacity communication links, sensing and other promising uses. In addition ex parté comments were filed by the coalition.

This area continues to evolve and, as demonstrated uses emerge, the expectation is that further allocations may be expanded to capitalize on the use of these bands.

The mmWave Coalition is continuing to advocate for smart FCC rule making for frequencies between 95 and 275 GHz where there are currently allocations, but no rules.  These bands are critical to future millimeter wave technologies.

During 2018, ten organizations across the business and technology spectrum participated in the Coalition. They included: Nokia, GlobalFoundries, Qorvo, Keysight Technologies, Azbil, Nuvotronics, Virginia Diodes, American Certification Body, RaySecur and NYU Wireless.

New organizations are actively being recruited by existing members in order to create a voice from cutting edge technology companies on the importance of the frequencies between 95 and 275 GHz for the next evolution of technologies beyond 5G and that leverage millimeter wave spectrum.

In 2018, the Coalition was pleased to welcome NYU Wireless and its Director, Professor Ted Rappaport.  Ted has been instrumental in advancing the millimeter wave spectrum for commercial uses.  NYU Wireless along with Dr. Rappaport holds the annual Brooklyn 5G Summit every April with many multi-national organizations attending https://brooklyn5gsummit.com and pushing this next revolution of spectrum technologies.

The major focus and accomplishment for the Coalition in 2018 was to respond to the FCC’s Spectrum Horizons Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and bringing the mmWave Coalition into fruition as a major voice with the FCC on millimeter wave matters.  Three documents were submitted by the Coalition to the FCC along with two follow up in person meetings.

In those documents and meetings, the Coalition’s primary focus was to advocate for at least a few non-fragmented mmWave bands on the order of 20-40 GHz wide and for a predictable rules framework for THz Spectroscopy. The Coalition now has the FCC’s and NTIA’s attention and needs to continue this important advocacy to facilitate robust services above 95 GHz.  Not only is the Coalition’s work important to achieving key policy goals, but participation in the regulatory process on this cutting edge topic also raises the profile of each member company among government and industry leaders. The Coalition’s documents filed with FCC can be found here.

The main objective of the mmWave Coalition for 2019 is to get FCC to publish a first set of rules for bands above 95GHz that is aligned with the Coalition’s goals and will provide the certainty needed to encourage more investments in these bands. In order to achieve this, we will bring forward new technical inputs that leverage the work being done by Professor Rappaport (see link) and others to help answer various key questions that FCC has issued in its NPRM.

mmWC OET Meeting
mmWC Notice of Ex Parté
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