In the middle of 2013 Microwave Week is Wireless Industry Day, a full-day seminar co-located with the IMS. Scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, and sponsored by MTT-S chapter MTT-19 and the IEEE Seattle Section, this special event showcases wireless technologies in the Pacific Northwest. This full day of technical sessions actually combines presentations of general interest with talks that address emerging market opportunities for wireless technology in aerospace and medical areas.

To open, Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii, IEEE Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), will offer “Maxwell’s Equations to Modern Electromagnetics and Antenna Engineering Marvels.” The talk will review the key and growing roles that wireless communications services play in many different areas, including in personal communications, medical applications, and even deep space communications. Recent advances supporting improvements in wireless communications—including metamaterials and the development of wearable, implantable, and ingestible wireless devices for medical applications—will also be reviewed.

Dr. Julio Navarro, Senior Technical Fellow of The Boeing Co. (Seattle, WA), will be one of the local presenters at Wireless Industry Day, offering his presentation, “Key Technology Trends in Wireless for the Aerospace Industry.” This talk will center on the aerospace industry and how it is a prime business factor for many companies in the Northwest. This balanced presentation will explore not only the many options available in terms of technology for wireless device, circuit, and system designers working for aerospace customers, but some of the financial (bottom-line) implications in choosing one technology over another, for example, for designing a broadband receiver.

Another speaker from a nearby company—Bill Saltzstein, President of connectBlue in Redmond, WA—will probe the growing dependence of the medical industry on wireless technology, in his presentation “Bluetooth: The Future of Wireless Medical Technology.” Designers of medical wireless devices anticipate that Version 4.0 of the Bluetooth wireless specification will define the low-power technology needed for many medical applications, where long-running times on battery power are essential.

In addition, major computer companies, such as Microsoft and Apple, have already expressed their support for Bluetooth v4.0, providing a high “confidence factor” for wireless designers working with the new standard. Many feel that the stage is set for new low-power wireless medical applications, and this new standard will help establish lower-cost standard (rather than expensive custom) solutions.

Wireless Industry Day includes some insights from Intel on opportunities for millimeter-wave and terahertz devices and circuits for wireless communications. Dr. Debabani Choudhury, Senior Technologist, and Harry Skinner, Senior Principal Engineer—both from Intel Labs in Hillsboro, OR—offer their presentation, “Prospects and Challenges for GHz to THz Technologies/Architectures for Future Wireless Communications.” The Intel technologists believe that communications using machine-to-machine (M2M) and peer-to-peer (P2P) approaches will require high data rates over short distances, applications which might be filled by millimeter-wave and terahertz device and circuit technologies. Broad bandwidths are available in support of higher data rates at these frequencies, provided that device and circuit technologies can be made affordable.

Additional presentations scheduled for Wireless Industry Day include “Radiated Performance Assessment of Wireless Communications Devices - An Operator’s Perspective” by Scott Prather, Lead Product Development Engineer for AT&T in Redmond, WA, on establishing radiated performance test requirements for emerging wireless applications. Also scheduled is “Evaluating Over-The-Air Performance of MIMO Wireless Devices” by Dr. Michael Foegelle, Director of Technology Development for ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, TX, on developing a standardized approach for industry certification of multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) wireless devices.