This year over 100 abstracts were received and 79 were accepted and scheduled for presentation along with two keynote presentations, as well as a panel session on “The 5G IoT Conundrum.”
I had the pleasure of co-chairing the IMS2016 Microwave Application (MicroApps) Seminars in San Francisco with Dustin Hoekstra and Alexander Chenakin. MicroApps presentations are applications engineering technical papers describing state-of-the-art products and processes of interest to the microwave community. This year over 100 abstracts were received and 79 were accepted and scheduled for presentation along with two keynote presentations by Mike Millhaem of Keysight and Michael Marcus of Marcus Spectrum Solutions, as well as a panel session on “The 5G IoT Conundrum” moderated by Eric Higham of Strategy Analytics with representatives from Analog Devices, Anokiwave, Keysight, National Instruments and Rohde & Schwarz on the stage.
There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes for months prior to ensure a successful IMS as well as a MicroApps program. But this year I was especially proud of the fact that SFO marked the 20th anniversary of MicroApps and we tried to add a few new twists to this program now entering its third decade. The first was to offer USB keys with the presentations versus the CDs of prior years as technology has marched on. The second was to “game-ify” the endeavor a bit with an online survey linked to from our IMS app to enable the audience to vote for the best daily presentation, as well as to enter themselves into a lucky draw. I’m happy to say that the daily bests were a success and numerous votes were cast. This year “daily best” recognition was awarded to the following:
- Tuesday: Understanding Noise Figure Measurements by Shivansh Chaudhary, NI
- Wednesday: A Unified Design Flow Harnessing Multiple Simulation Technologies for
- Multi-Chip Module Verification and Yield Optimization by Shane Coffman, AWR Group, NI
- Thursday: PLL Frequency Planning for Spurious Signal Elimination by Robert Brennan, Analog Devices.
Congratulations gentlemen on your excellent contributions to MicroApps at IMS.