IMS2019 Highlights Microwaves/RF Role in 5G, Autonomous Vehicles, Health Monitoring and More

This year’s theme for the annual symposium, The Hub of Microwaves,
focused on Boston’s rich microwave heritage

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over 9,500 attendees attended this year’s IEEE
MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS),
the world’s largest
event for RF and microwave technology, to discover the newest products
and services being offered in the RF/microwave industry. This represents
a 16% increase in technical attendance over IMS2018 and a record
breaking 650 exhibiting companies. IMS, the annual conference and
exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT-S), is the
flagship conference of Microwave Week featuring innovators and
disruptors in microwave and RF theory and practice.

This year’s conference was co-located with IEEE’s Radio Frequency
Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) and ARFTG Microwave Measurement
Conference. Events featured include the IEEE 5G Summit, RF Bootcamp, the
Startup Pavilion, Women in Microwaves, Young Professionals and several
notable keynote speakers.

Attendees included RF designers, researchers, developers, and academics
representing more than 50 countries including China, Canada, Germany,
Japan, Korea and the United States. Of the attendees at this year’s IMS,
38% were first time attendees and 34% were Young Professionals. This
year’s symposium is the first to feature tracks and events to highlight
RF and microwave startups including the ‘Startup Pavilion,’ a stand-out
space on the exhibit floor dedicated to young innovative companies in
the wireless industry. Also new this year is the “Next Top Startup
Competition,” which provided a platform for entrepreneurs to pitch their
concepts to expert judges active in the startup ecosystem including
investment firms, tech startup incubators and experts in RF
technologies. This year the “Best Startup of IMS2019” was JETCOOL
, provider of high-performance cooling technology for
high power electronics.

“Year after year IMS brings together companies and industry-leading
speakers dedicated to advancing wireless communications across all
industries,” said Mark Gouker, IMS2019 General Chair. “The IMS2019
Steering Committee took pride in matching the traditions of IMS with new
technologies, industries and applications to focus on creating the best
experience for all attendees.”

The stellar speaker lineup was a highlight of the symposium. Dr. William
Chappell, Special Assistant to the Director, Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) kicked off IMS with a talk entitled, “The Mind
and Body of RF.” Dr. Chappell’s keynote address focused on what’s needed
in the physical layer (hardware) to keep up with the ambitions for the
intersection of article intelligence (AI) and the RF spectrum. The 5G
Summit and Evening Panel Session showcased industry experts focusing on
the discussion of current 5G challenges and the evolution and details of
cutting-edge 5G innovation to overcome these challenges. The summit
concluded with an exiting interactive panel session. The MTT-S Awards
Banquet opened with Dr. Ryan Chin, the CEO of Boston-based autonomous
vehicle startup Optimus Ride discussing how self-driving vehicles will
transform every aspect of mobility in our cities and communities. The
show wrapped up with a keynote presentation entitled “Health Monitoring
with Machine Learning and Wireless Sensors” given by MIT’s Dr. Dina

The IMS2019 Best Industry Paper was awarded to Jared Williams Jordan and
a team of researchers from Cubic/Nuvotronics and Nokia for their paper
titled “Monolithically Fabricated 4096-Element, PolyStrata® Broadband
D-band Array Demonstrator”. Their paper demonstrates the largest
reported flat panel 130 to 175 GHz array suitable for advanced
communications networks.

The RFIC 2019 Best Industry Paper was awarded to Dr. Renzhi Liu and a
team of Intel researchers for their paper titled “An 802.11ba 495μW
-92.6dBm-Sensitivity Blocker-Tolerant Wake-up Radio Receiver Fully
Integrated with Wi-Fi Transceiver”. Their paper demonstrates the
first-ever prototype of an 802.11ba-based wake-up radio receiver
integrated with a Wi-Fi transceiver for low power IoT sensor networks.

IMS2020 will be held June 21-26, 2020 at the Los Angeles Convention
Center in Los Angeles, CA. Booth selection is currently underway, with
85% of exhibit space already sold.

About IMS
The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the
annual conference and exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and
Techniques Society (MTT-S). IMS features a large commercial exhibition
featuring over 650 companies and a technical program offering technical
sessions, interactive forums, plenary and panel sessions, workshops,
short courses, application seminars, and a wide variety of other
technical and social activities. The program covers the latest microwave
and RF advancements in emerging areas such as 5G, automobile radar,
wearable electronics, the Internet of Things, wireless HDMI, medical
applications, satellite communications, and more. IMS2020 will be held
June 21-26 in Los Angeles. For more information, visit
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Jill Searl
Matter Communications
(978) 358-5837
[email protected]

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